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It’s not pretty but Celtics will take it, rally to beat Bulls

Feb 13, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT

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You know how the last day before you go on a much-anticipated vacation you are pretty much useless at work? Your body is at the job but your mind is doing tequila shots in Cancun.

That was pretty much the Bulls at the Celtics Wednesday.

It’s ugly. Joan Rivers without plastic surgery ugly. This is what it looks like when two defensive-minded teams —both missing key offensive weapons — get together.

Boston could build another Faneuil Hall with all the bricks from this game. But a Celtics team that scored just 8 points in the third quarter (and 11 in the second) scored 28 in the fourth behind a couple Jason Terry threes and rallied to beat the Bulls 71-69.

Yes, that’s the final score, not the score after three quarters. I told you, it wasn’t pretty.

The Celtics will take it — they have won eight of nine games heading into the All-Star break and they are playing with a real urgency and desperation that wasn’t there earlier in the season. They have solidified their place in the playoffs with this streak and have gotten back to playing like a team with an identity.

Meanwhile the Bulls enter the break having dropped five of seven and looking like a team that really needs a few days off. And Derrick Rose back.

This game was never pretty. It was 36-35 Bulls at the half. Chicago led despite having 12 first half turnovers. They did because the Celtics made four second quarter shots. Four. Boston shot 33 percent in first half. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett combined to shoot 2-of-10 in the first half.

The end of the game was just as ugly.

Luol Deng made a little five-footer that made it a three point game, 67-64, with 49 seconds left. The Celtics inbounded to Garnett but Doc Rivers called a timeout to talk about it. Apparently what he didn’t talk about was inbounding the ball — Brandon Bass got a five-second violation as nobody came to the ball. Bulls’ ball and Marco Belinelli made it a one point game with a quick drive to the basket for a lay-up, 67-66 Celtics.

Boston got the ball inbounds this this time and their play at the other end took forever to develop but eventually Bass drove the lane, Garnett moved to in his spot on the baseline, Joakim Noah had to help off KG to take away the drive, and one kick out pass later it was 69-66 Celtics with 19.8 seconds left.

Nate Robinson missed a three, but Carlos Boozer tipped it in and we had a one-point game again. The Bulls fouled Pierce on the inbounds and he went to the other end and sank both free throws, so it was 71-68.

Nate Robinson brought the ball up and at mid-court drove right into Avery Bradley and drew the foul. Two foul shots, six seconds left.

Robinson hits the first. He misses the second and the resulting carom leads to a scramble for the ball with Jeff Green, Robinson, Deng and half the building trying to grab the ball.

It squirts free to Belinelli who goes up for a game-tying two at the top of the key but gets blocked by a hustling Terry coming from behind, the ball bounces to Boozer who misses a 28-foot three and that’s the ballgame.

None of it was pretty. Boston doesn’t really care, they like the W.

  1. doublezero74 - Feb 13, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    This was an ugly offensive game but as far as defense goes that was a clinic by both teams. They smothered everything and disrupted any flow to an offense. On both sides.

    Noah is such a dbag but I’d love him on my team. He plays like 42 minutes a game and never tires. Grabbing boards and playing super D. Like a young KG but without the jumper and low post game. Sad that both of these teams are missing key pieces but the bulls are getting their guys back his year.

    • jnoah13 - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      I don’t get the noah is a dbag thing. And yes, I know i’m a homer and he’s my favorite player but I didn’t hate him when he was in college either. He’s honest and thats not something you see much of these days.

      • andyhr17 - Feb 14, 2013 at 8:53 AM

        You made the rest of your statement completely irrelevant after you said ” I know i’m a homer and he’s my favorite player”

      • jnoah13 - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        not really, im still waiting for an explanation

  2. purplekobra69 - Feb 13, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Does anyone notice how much more wins
    the “RONDOLESS” celtics are getting.
    Pretty or not they’re getting it done.

    • kavika6 - Feb 14, 2013 at 6:46 AM

      Sharing the ball is important, just look at the Spurs. Finally some of the other Celtics get a chance to participate now. Filling the stat sheet isn’t as important as ball movement. I think the Celtics are better without Rondo.

    • giselleisasucubus - Feb 14, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      I am pretty sure that everyone who comments in here saw my rant about how this team was better w/out Rondo a couple weeks ago. I’m glad people are finally seeing what I saw a while ago. Basketball is a team game, not a game where you dribble until 8 seconds on the shot clock and try to fill the assist sheet. The whole team is involved and it translates to their defense. Basketball 101.

  3. jnoah13 - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    The last few times you guys have posted an article post-bulls games it’s always after a loss, and I’m wondering why that is.

    • andyhr17 - Feb 14, 2013 at 5:37 AM

      I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s because they’ve lost 5 out of their last 7 games. simple logic is that if your team is losing most of their games lately, articles about them will be about their loss. I know, this is tough to understand.

      • chicitybulls - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        His point, which it seems you missed shockingly, is that why does it seem to ONLY be articles after losses as opposed to when they win. Isn’t that logical?

      • eventhorizon04 - Feb 14, 2013 at 11:27 AM

        Chicitybulls: His point, which it seems you missed shockingly, is that the Bulls have been losing 71% of their games recently, so if Kurt writes an article after every game, 71% of the time, it’s going to be after a loss.

        When a team only wins 2 games in the past 2 weeks, it’s hard to write 3 or 4 articles about the Bulls winning….since they only won twice.

        Isn’t that logical?

    • andyhr17 - Feb 14, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      No, i got what he was saying. The Bulls have won two times in February…..that doesn’t leave a lot of days to post about their wins, does it?

  4. samonelastains - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    The thirst for Rose strengthens…

  5. eventhorizon04 - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    I’ve been saying that it would be unwise to over-read the Celtics’ current string of wins without Rondo because it’s still a small sample size against mostly bad teams*…..but we’re slowly reaching the point where it’s no longer a small sample size.

    3 wins have come against sub-0.400 teams like the Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, and Toronto Raptors.
    2 wins have come against sub-0.500 teams like the Lakers without Gasol and Clippers without Chris Paul.*

    *Clippers are a good team that’s over 0.500, but they lost 2/3 of their games without Chris Paul this season, so they’re clearly much worse without their team MVP.

    That’s 5 wins against teams that have lost a lot. However, now 3 wins have come against legitimately good teams like the Heat, Nuggets, and Bulls.

    Even their loss to the Bobcats could be argued as a “schedule-loss”, since it came after a triple-OT win against an uptempo team like the Nuggets.

    Their next 10 opponents include the Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, and OKC Thunder. If the Celtics go 6-4 or better, then the improved play without Rondo becomes impossible to dismiss…

  6. goldkj - Feb 14, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Not that it matters at this point, but it was Taj Gibson who missed the 28 footer. The result would’ve been the same in Boozer shot it.

  7. amoses74 - Feb 14, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    ummm…. Joan Rivers WITH plastic surgery is ugly.

  8. chicitybulls - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    This was a bad game offensively. Sure there was good defense but it was more bad offense than good defense by both teams. There was one stretch early in the 3rd where it was tied at 39 and Deng shot a corner airball and the Celts came down and KG shot a top of the key airball. Both were uncontested. The score was stuck at 39 for a while as both teams simply could not score. Boozer even missed a point blank layup which forced a timeout by Doc. The announcers even had to laugh at how bad the offense was. I also was laughing. Just one of those games you have during the season going into the break.

  9. doublezero74 - Feb 14, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Noah is just an irritant. Like I said I would certainly enjoy him on my team but the way he shrieks like a 13 yr old girl after a dunk, or the demonstrative clapping when an opponent misses a free throw. Little things like that that get under your skin because he’s pulling down every rebound and redirecting shots all the time. If he sucked his act wouldn’t get on my nerves

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