After the weekend, Chicago suddenly finds itself on a winning streak, which is their first one this season. It was a good display of resiliency by this young Bulls team to play in overtime one day and then still put out a good performance the very next day.
The winning streak also means they aren’t tanking, which could end up being a problem if Chicago is somehow able to string some more wins together. However, that is very unlikely as they face some stiff competition in the next coming weeks. Starting with the best team in the East (record wise) coming to town tonight.
Chicago will be facing off the red hot Boston Celtics who are first in the Eastern Conference with a record of 23-5. They most recently defeated the Detroit Pistons 91-81. It was a good bounce back for them after seeing their winning streak snapped by Manu Ginobili and the Spurs two nights before. With the addition of Kyrie Irving, the Celtics look like a totally different and dynamic team. One which could cause some problems in the postseason. They play extremely hard and Brad Stevens has this team well coached and prepared for every game.
Even with the absence of Gordon Hayward, Boston seems to be thriving. But it doesn’t mean they still aren’t dealing with more injury problems. In fact tonight, perhaps in part because Boston is on a back-to-back, we are likely going to see a depleted Celtics roster and this game will really test Stevens ability to change up his rotation to make adjustments. Here is the entire injury report as reported by the Celtics official Twitter account.
Full #NEBHInjuryReport for tonight in Chicago:— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 11, 2017
Injury report for tonight:
- Al Horford - questionable (right knee contusion)
- Kyrie Irving - out (left quad contusion)
- Marcus Morris - out (left knee rehab)
- Gordon Hayward - out (left ankle fracture)
Both Irving and Al Horford are the main engines in the Celtics offense, averaging 23.7 and 14 points per game respectively. Having both out will be a big loss for the C’s and it will be up to their young guys to step up in a big way. Guys like Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum will be expected to carry the offensive workload tonight.
It’s also a sigh of relief for the Bulls defense not to see Irving and Horford out there although it would have been a nice test for Kris Dunn to see how he matches up defensively against one of the top point guards in the NBA.
With the Celtics not having 2 starters and one key bench player (Morris), this will be a lot of different lineups than what many have seen from them this season. This also opens the door for Chicago to nab their 3rd straight win of the season.
Game time: 7 pm CT