[ed. note: Thanks to wjb1492 for today's game preview. -Matt]
I'm really not sure what to say about tonight after last night's win. Part of me wants to be all excited and gung ho, but then I remember that the Bulls haven't won three in a row all season and tonight's game is against the Boston Celtics - who are an NBA best 47 and 12 (27-4 at home). Needless to say, Chicago is not a league best at much of anything, unless you count being the best at shooting poorly as good. But hey, that's where the league leading 13.5 offensive rebounds per game come in - at least the guys get a lot of their own misses!
The Bulls are a big-time underdog tonight, with accuscore giving Boston an 80.7% chance of winning and a 59.7% chance of winning big. Needless to say, the guys will need to shoot like the second half last night (23 of 40), rather than the first half (17 of 51), to have a chance. Maybe adding Sam Cassell to the mix will be just enough of a distraction for the Bulls to grab a win....
Speaking of whom, for those who enjoy this brand of humor:"We've been eying Sam for a while now, but the idea to sign E.T. didn't come up until over the weekend," said Boston GM Danny Ainge. "We were talking about how to ease Sam into the Boston experience; just to make him feel at home, you know? Somebody suggested bringing in a relative, and - actually this is a little embarrassing, because I actually thought Sam was descended from hammerhead sharks, and I was worried about where we'd put the tank at the Fleet Center. But anyway, we got that all worked out and we're just happy that E.T. was ultimately willing to sign for a lifetime supply of Reese's Pieces. Turns out that doesn't even count against our salary cap number, so it's like a freeroll."
For his part, Cassell seemed grateful for the chance to be around family.
"Me and E, we've always been really close," Cassell told SSNN. "He's technically my cousin, but to me he's more like a brother. We do everything together - like when we were little, we used to scare the hell out of people by levitating, or making our fingers light up. Good times."