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The Boston Celtics lost their third straight contest and fell to 12-12 on the season with a 100-89 loss to the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on Tuesday.
The Celtics made it interesting in the third quarter thanks to their point guard Rajon Rondo, who finished with 26 points and 8 rebounds, but the fourth quarter saw the Celtics down 20 with five minutes to play.
Joakim Noah had his second career triple-double for the Bulls and finished with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.
What else can we take away from this loss besides the fact that the Celts are just average through a quarter of the season?
The Celtics’ bench scored a grand total of 16 points, while Bulls reserve, Nate Robinson, scored 18 by himself.
The Celtics’ bench has been inconsistent all season long and when they play this poorly, they don’t really have a chance to win against good teams. Jason Terry took just two shots Tuesday, and Jeff Green finished with three points on 1-of-6 shooting.
Rondo came out on all cylinders in the third quarter and finished the game with a game-high in points and a team-high in assists. The Celtics point guard leads the league in assists and has shown that he can put the team on his back offensively for stretches, but he cannot win games on his own
The C’s were out-rebounded, again, and this time the margin was 43-35 in favor of the Bulls. The Bulls starting front-court of Noah and Carlos Boozer combined to pull down 25 rebounds, more rebounds than all of the Celtics’ starters combined (24).
The Celtics need to find a solution to their rebounding problems asap, and that solution might mean breaking this team apart via the trade market.