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Rondo and the Celtics look to bounce back against the Bulls

Posted by shawn cassidy on February 12, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Bulls(23-6, 14-5 away)

Celtics(14-12, 10-7 home)

 Coverage: ABC

3:30 PM ET, February 12, 2012

TD Garden, Boston, MA

  Points                 Rebounds            Assists

CHI Rose 22.0      Noah 9.5              Rose 7.8

BOS Pierce 18.1    Garnett 7.5         Rondo 9.5

Is this a must win? I never really believe in must win games, but today's game has that feel to it. The Celtics square off against the best team in the league, and the Celtics are on mini losing streak, and the last loss was ugly by every sense of the word. Doc's blow up was big, and I think today's game will be impacted by Doc's blow up more than the game against Toronto. Rondo will be picked apart if he doesn't out work Rose, and out play Rose today. The Celtics need to make another statement, and I hate saying that about a team that has future hall of fame players on the roster. But this game is a must win for the Celtics for them, and not for the fans. We can get an idea today of where the Celtics are mentally.

After losing to the Los Angeles Lakers by one point in overtime Thursday, Boston looked lifeless a night later against lowly Toronto, never leading in an 86-74 loss. The Celtics, who had won nine of ten before Thursday's defeat, dropped back-to-back games for the first time since a five-game skid Jan. 6-16.

"We just didn't show the mental toughness," Paul Pierce said. "We feel like we're getting so close to being the team we want to be and to take a couple of steps back is definitely frustrating. These are games we're supposed to win."

Pierce, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo all struggled against the Raptors, combining for 23 points on 9-of-29 shooting. I expect two,or even all three players to bounce back,

The Celtics fell to 1-10 when scoring 88 points or fewer, which doesn't bode well against a Chicago team that allows an average of 86.9 points.


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Reply paul
2:53 PM on February 12, 2012 
Well said, Shawn. If Rondo doesn't at least out work Rose, if not outplay him, there will be hell to pay in Celtics Land.

Be aggressive and stay aggressive? How many times have we asked for that, and how many times have we actually seen it?
Reply paul
3:36 PM on February 12, 2012 
Sherrod says Rondo is aggressive at both ends to start. Cs areattacking the basket
Reply paul
3:40 PM on February 12, 2012 
so far this is what the doctor ordered!
Reply paul
3:43 PM on February 12, 2012 
Now start setting people up Rajon, and POUR ON THE DEFENSE!
Reply paul
3:49 PM on February 12, 2012 
Bass is out for two weeks.

Chicago takes time out, ratchets up D and Cs are stalling out again.
Reply paul
3:55 PM on February 12, 2012 
WOW! Stiemsma block leads to Rondo breakaway!!!!!
Reply paul
3:58 PM on February 12, 2012 
JJJ can't hit the side of a barn today and it's hurting us...
Reply paul
3:58 PM on February 12, 2012 
And just then he gets an offensive rebound and put back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reply paul
4:01 PM on February 12, 2012 
Bradley gives us some microwave d at the end. If the officials hadn't been killing us, we'd have a nice lead!
Reply paul
4:02 PM on February 12, 2012 
We are doing ok on the boards, but we have five turnovers already.
Reply paul
4:06 PM on February 12, 2012 
Ok, now theyare starting to kill us on the boards.
Reply paul
4:09 PM on February 12, 2012 
Settling for Js on offense
Reply paul
4:11 PM on February 12, 2012 
Bradley makes two Js,thank goodness,but we can't settle for those. Anc Chicago is getting offensive rebounds on every possession right now
Reply paul
4:13 PM on February 12, 2012 
Starters back. Let's win the quarter
Reply paul
4:16 PM on February 12, 2012 
rondo to wilcox is magic!

And JJJ hits a jumper!
Reply paul
4:21 PM on February 12, 2012 
this is one time i'll complain about the officiating We've been attacking the basketbut no fouls called,yet all kinds of calls against us
Reply paul
4:22 PM on February 12, 2012 
offensive boards killing us - officials fouling out our bigs helps with that
Reply paul
4:23 PM on February 12, 2012 
Rondo is not controlling Watson enough on D
Reply paul
4:26 PM on February 12, 2012 
Allen blows a breakaway pass of his steal, but you cannot blame a to caused by aggression, as opposed to carelessness
Reply paul
4:35 PM on February 12, 2012 
We've been playing pretty good d, but the officials, turnovers, and offensive rebounds by the Bulls are killing us.