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Sat. April 1, 2006 7:30 pm CT United Center, Chicago


Series: Bulls lead 3-0.

Last meeting: Bulls won 101-97 Sunday in Boston.

Records: Bulls 32-40; Celtics 30-42.



Bulls' probable starters:

G Chris Duhon; G Kirk Hinrich; F Luol Deng; F Andres Nocioni; C Michael Sweetney



Celtics' probable starters:

G Delonte West ; G Wally Szczerbiak; F Paul Pierce; F Ryan Gomes; C Raef LaFrentz



Story line: Both teams want the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics have momentum after shooting 57 percent and pummeling the Knicks 123-98 Wednesday, and they arrive on three days' rest. The Bulls will play the second game of a back-to-back, hoping they don't have a meltdown like Tuesday's home loss to the Magic.



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The Chicago Bulls continue their pursuit of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference as they try to finish a season sweep of the Boston Celtics.

Chicago trails Philadelphia by 1 1/2 games in the race for the last playoff spot in the East. Boston is also trying to stay in the race, trailing the 76ers by 3 1/2 games.

With a win, the Bulls can sweep the Celtics for the first time since winning all four meetings in 1996-97. Luol Deng has been key for Chicago, averaging 18.7 points on nearly 57 percent shooting against Boston this season.

Chicago is averaging 108.3 points in its three games against Boston.

Andres Nocioni had 24 points and 11 rebounds as all five Chicago starters reached double figures in a 113-107 win at Charlotte on Friday. The Bulls built a 24-point lead at halftime and held off a series of Bobcats rallies for their third win in four games.



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sloth said:
MUST WIN GAME.

It pretty much knocks the Celtics out of playoff contention, and puts us a game behind Philly.
Let's be honest. EVERY game is a MUST WIN game. We need to win as many as possible now, because we only have ten games to right the ship and get that 8th spot.

If Philly could just lose that next Knicks game, it would really help in the run for that final spot.

They just have a lot of easy games the rest of the way, and if we only get at least one or BOTH of those two games against them, then we're done. Those are the make or break games for that final 8th spot.

It's Philly's games to lose and our's to win. Let's wait and see who's got more gas left in their tank to get it.

GO BULLS!!! BEAT BOSTON TONIGHT!!!
 

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Re: Official Game Thread: Celtics @ Bulls 4/1/06 7:30 pm CT/WGNSuperstation/FSNE/NBA

Our next three games:

Boston (Tonight)
Indiana
Philly

76ers next three games:
New York
Cleveland
Chicago


I can see Philly winning one either against NY or Cleveland and us taking one from either Boston or Indiana. In that case we would be 1.5 back going into the Philly game and it would be monsterous. As long as we win one of the next two and beat philly we should be in good position.
 

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Re: Official Game Thread: Celtics @ Bulls 4/1/06 7:30 pm CT/WGNSuperstation/FSNE/NBA

kirkisgod said:
Our next three games:

Boston (Tonight)
Indiana
Philly

76ers next three games:
New York
Cleveland
Chicago


I can see Philly winning one either against NY or Cleveland and us taking one from either Boston or Indiana. In that case we would be 1.5 back going into the Philly game and it would be monsterous. As long as we win one of the next two and beat philly we should be in good position.
Hopefully that is a 3 game Philly losing streak. If New York beat them, than that is what I foresee, doubt they beat Cleveland. Boston we heve kilt them this season, Indy's slumping, and Philly's the balls out game of the year (until the next Philly game).
 

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Re: Official Game Thread: Celtics @ Bulls 4/1/06 7:30 pm CT/WGNSuperstation/FSNE/NBA

Let's hope it doesnt come down to who can win the big "game of the season" type game because the bulls have proven they can't show up for those (see last milwaukee game), and philly has a big game player in allen iverson. That means we definitely need to win the boston and indy games.
 

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Re: Official Game Thread: Celtics @ Bulls 4/1/06 7:30 pm CT/WGNSuperstation/FSNE/NBA

I want a 10 game winning streak with 10 games to go!


And it's very feasable......... only tough game is against Miami, and they are loaded with injuries....

CMON B U L L S... don't just shoot for 8th seed... shoot for as high as possible
 

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Re: Official Game Thread: Celtics @ Bulls 4/1/06 7:30 pm CT/WGNSuperstation/FSNE/NBA

Sweetney hookshot MISSED.

Raef to Delonte to Wally jumper baseline GOOD. 4-1 Bulls.

Hinrich layup MISSED.

Wally World for three GOOD. 7-1 Celts.

Sweetney pick and roll. to Hinrich. back to Sweetney. to Duhon. thrown away by Du.

Delonte three. MISS.

Deng to Kirk for three. MISSED.
 

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Re: Official Game Thread: Celtics @ Bulls 4/1/06 7:30 pm CT/WGNSuperstation/FSNE/NBA

Delonte loose ball foul.

Kirk to deng short jumper GOOD.

10-3.

West to Wally to a cutting Pierce layup GOOD. 12-3 Celtics.

Hinrich to Deng to Sweetney. hookshot. tipped goaltending Sweetney credited.

12-5.

Nocioni. in the lane. floater GOOD. 12-7.


West to Wally posts up. Du.to Raef for three MISS.

Lead Pass to Deng to strong from Noc. Celts ball.
 
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