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Celtics Blow Out Bulls; Lead Series 2-1

The Celtics went into Chicago looking to win at least one game out of the next two to try and recover the home court advantage they lost after losing Game 1. They did just that and destroyed the Bulls 107-86 in impressive fashion to take the 2-1 series lead. The game was all Celtics and the Bulls never had the lead from the opening tip.

Paul Pierce came right out of the gate and set the tone by hitting his first six shots and finished the night with 24 points in only 28 minutes of game time, so he also got some nice rest. Rajon Rondo continued his impressive playoff stats with a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. He also had 6 assists and 5 steals. Ray Allen added 18 points and Glen Davis continued to impress with 14 points and nine rebounds as he fills the enormous shoes of both Kevin Garnett and Leon Powe.

The bench play was the x-factor for me in Game 3. Going into the game, I felt that the bench that contributed more would win, and the Celtics bench flourished. Stephon Marbury showed confidence in his jump shot again and finished with 13 points, while Eddie House added eight points and was able to shoot the ball more and get some good looks at the basket. The bench also got a much needed boost with Brain Scalabrine returning to action for the first time since February.

Chicago did not have much going for them at all, as Ben Gordon was their leading scorer with only 15 points. John Salmons and Kirk Hinrick each finished with 14 to round out the Bulls’ top scorers. Rookie of the Year Derrick Rose finished with only nine points while the Celtics were really able to shut down the Bulls’ perimeter shooting. Chicago finished the night shooting 37.5% and were just 9 of 22 from beyond the three point line.

The Celtics should feel really good, because they won despite playing away from the Garden and without Leon Powe for the rest of the year. Now, they need to maintain the swagger that they had in this game while not getting overconfident. Expect the Bulls to come out with a fury in Game 4 and play much better after such a poor performance. Game 4 in Chicago is Sunday afternoon.

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4 comments for “Celtics Blow Out Bulls; Lead Series 2-1”

  1. Now THAT was Boston Celtic basketball! What a pleasure to see them respond in what I felt was really a “must” game, and retake the homecourt adantage. Now they know they can beat the Bulls, so let’s just hope they don’t take Sunday off and count on home court to pull them through.

    Intensity is the key, on offense and defense, and you could see what happened when they let down a bit in the third quarter. Evidently Doc spanked them during a time out, because they came back out with focus and pulled comfortably ahead again. This team just can’t afford to take any time off during a game and expect to maintain the momentum against a feisty Bulls team that was clearly having an off night.

    Get ‘em while they’re down guys!

    Posted by Ken | April 24, 2009, 7:37 am
  2. I’m a die hard Cletics fan. I think Rondo was stepped up this postseason with all the players heading off to the nurses room. But I was for sure that the Bulls where going to come back. Glad they didn’t. I think that even though the Celtics have 3 players out, this is the perfect time to show and prove that they are a strong team and don’t rely on one player: KG. Call me crazy, but I still think that they can win this thing.

    Posted by iTalk Shit | April 24, 2009, 9:12 am
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  4. I think that even though the Celtics have 3 players out, this is the perfect time to show and prove that they are a strong team and don’t rely on one player: KG. Call me crazy, but I still think that they can win this thing.

    Posted by Remi | April 25, 2009, 2:20 am

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