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Game 6: Bulls (2-2) at Celtics (4-1)

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  November 5, 2010 03:27 PM

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Derrick Rose did this to Danilo Gallinari last night and the Bulls still lost took an ugly home loss.

Tip-off: 8:00 p.m.
Records: Celtics (4-1), Bulls (2-2)
Broadcast info: ESPN, WEEI
Probable starters:

PG: Rajon Rondo
SG: Ray Allen
SF: Paul Pierce
PF: Kevin Garnett
C: Jermaine O'Neal

PG: Derrick Rose
SG: Keith Bogans
SF: Taj Gibson
PF: Luol Deng
C: Joakim Noah

Thibs sits his starters: Welcome back Tom Thibodeau! Now why exactly did you decide to sit his starters Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng the last nine minutes of the game last night against the Knicks? New York was scorching from the 3-point line (16 of 24), and Chicago (which incidentally came into the game with the league's best 3-point defense) needed a life jacket at that point, so the former Celtics assistant left the bench in the rest of the way (sound familiar). At one point the United Center crowd roared chants of "Derrick Rose, Derrick Rose" to get their star point guard back on the floor. No dice. Thibodeau said, he left the reserves in because they were doing a better job defending the three-point line. Asked if he though his coach was sending a message to his starters, Luol Deng told the Chicago Tribune, 'Whether it's a message or not, we have to do a better job." For curious minds, the Celtics are shooting 35.1 percent from 3-point range this season.

USA! USA! Rajon Rondo withdrew from Team USA this summer ostensibly to quit before being cut. Rose ended up being one of the crop of young star guards that went to Turkey and won Gold. Rondo said he and Rose became friends during the USA Basketball tryouts, however. given their past playoff battles, they surely won't be buddy-buddy tonight. Rondo's assist numbers have been ungodly this season (16.4 a night). Rose took notice, telling the Sun-Times, "Those achievements are great. He's a good player. That's what the team needs from him."

Scal's new look: Brian Scalabrine's back in the building as well. He'll get a feel for the opposing locker room for the first time in years. He's played 11 minutes a night in four games with the Bulls. He's also been a pretty big spokesman for Thibodeau, who's avoided the spotlight that's come with his return to Boston.

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