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Bulls vs. Celtics Game Preview, lineups, injury report

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opening night!

NBA: Preseason-Boston Celtics at Charlotte Hornets Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

It’s another season of Bulls basketball at BlogABull (year #14, oy...) and that means another year of Game Previews. Sign up here for the first batch of games.

It’s a night full of pageantry for your Bulls: Home Opener, TNT Thursday, the whole deal. And as we know, those are the kinds of games the Bulls usually win. Most of the heart and soul of the teams who’d win those marquee games are gone (even E’Twaun Moore and #NationalTVKirk!). But, um, Taj Gibson is still around, so we should get a putback dunk in there somewhere. And Rajon Rondo used to really shine in these contests.

That’s right, Rajon Rondo is the Bulls new point guard.

The Bulls opponent tonight is the Boston Celtics, who got their season underway last night with a pounding of Brooklyn that allowed for some of their starters to rest (though the Nets had a late charge to make things more interesting). It’s still a back-to-back for them, and they are missing a couple rotation players due to injury in Marcus Smart and Kelly Olynyk.

But they are a very deep roster regardless, already good defensively behind Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder on the wings, and now have Al Horford at center. The addition of Horford is kind of a Voltron of good Bulls opponents, as both Horford’s old team in Atlanta and his new one in Boston did very well against the Bulls last year by spreading them out and running on them.

For their part, the Bulls are starting their best defensive frontcourt with Taj Gibson getting the nod to play alongside Robin Lopez. And the whole team is healthy, even Denzel Valentine, who we haven’t seen since the preseason opener.

7pm. TNT. See you here.