Bulls Draw Garnett-less Celtics After Uninspired Performance Against Raptors
Well there goes some of that great momentum the Bulls were riding going into the playoffs. With the Bulls loss last night and the 76ers big OT win against Cleveland (which fielded a D-League team, *cough* bullshit *cough*), the Bulls have secured the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference. Instead of facing the Magic, they will now be playing the defending champion Celtics.
And you know what? I’m happy about it. I don’t share Zoner’s reasoning for it, mostly because I think we have a legitimate shot to push the Celtics to 7 and even score an upset. I felt that way before the recent news that KG will probably not be available for the series and maybe the entire playoffs. While the Magic are a bit hobbled right now, the Celtics are old and tired and I think we match up well against them. Our guards aren’t going to cover anyone, that is a fact. Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, and Paul Pierce will run amok on offense. But so would Rafer Alston and whoever the magic are tossing out there at the 2 these days. So either way our backcourt gets burned. The difference is, the Magic have Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu to spread the Bulls defense. Even if the Celtics have KG, who is a formidable force on the defensive end, offensively he can be contained by the Bulls frontcourt. Howard, Lewis and Turkoglu on the other hand, would kill Noah, Tyrus and Miller.
Also keep in mind that we played a Garnett-less Celtics on March 17th at the United Center and won. Their inability to defend without Garnett was exposed, as the Bulls racked up 127 points and outscored the C’s in fastbreak points 17-6.
Thus I am feeling really good about us facing the Celtics right now. It’s too bad we crapped the bed at home last night, but maybe it will work out for the best. Are you ready for 40 games in 40 nights?