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Open Game Thread #74: Bulls vs Boston Celtics

I remember when I was choosing between the 11-game season ticket plan options, and seeing this game against Boston on the schedule was a major factor in picking the option it was under.

I thought Boston would be obviously far better than the previous season (as people were too busy worrying about whether Kevin Garnett was a 'winner' or not to see how good he really was) but there were some things to be worried about. Namely injuries and poor play from the supporting cast. Not exactly brilliant observations at the time, and they've proven to be even more worthless now.

I also said the Bulls would have the best record in the conference to end the season...

Point is, now that the game is finally upon us, my enthusiasm in the Bulls is startlingly far below what I expected them to be at this point. So much so that the tickets for the game I was possibly most excited over (needling Celtics fans was one of my favorite things to do on the internet) have now been sold off.

The Celtics have done a fairly good job promptly putting away inferior opponents, which is what they'll try and do tonight. While they're pretty comfortably in the first seed, it's a team that goes all-out nearly every night. A reason why I thought the 8th seed wasn't even a hope worth pursuing. Guess we don't have to worry about that!

Drew Gooden (and Aaron Gray, who knew?) are likely out for tonight's game. The Celtics like to play small their own damned selves, so I wouldn't be surprised if we still see Tyrus, while starting, getting limited minutes. When they go small it's still with Kevin Garnett, when the Bulls do the same it's with the Noc.

Something to watch for? eh, I'm stumped. Doesn't mean I'm not open to the possibility of finding something though, provide your reasons below. Sarcastic entries encouraged.