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Celtics blast Bulls to advance to quarterfinals

Like last week in Toronto, the Bulls played last night at Boston an “In-Season Tournament” match devoid of any sporting interest for them since they were already eliminated from the tournament. And like against the Raptors on Friday, Chicago took a big slap in the face of Celtics (124-97).

Relegated to -11 at the end of the first quarter, to -19 at half-time then even to -35 (!) in the third quarter, the Bulls did not exist against a relentless Celtic collective ( 52% on shots with 21 winning shots scored and 7 players with more than 11 points), carried in particular by a great Jaylen Brown (30 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists).

To make matters worse for these depressed and distressed Bulls, Zach LaVine, not in a great evening (2 points to 1/9 on shots), did not finish the match because of a foot injury. In this context, DeMar DeRozan And Coby White (19 points each) did what they could in this collective slump…

To remember

When will the Bulls implode? At this point, the question is not if the Bulls will implode, but when… With 14 defeats in 19 games, Chicago belongs more than ever to the circle of dunces in the Eastern Conference, with the weak Pistons and Wizards. For the good of this franchise and its future, it now seems essential to change direction. It remains to be seen in what proportion(s): by simply changing coaches initially, hoping that better days will come? By transferring a Zach LaVine in the transfer rumors to aim for the same goal? Or by already carrying out a major clean-up, by separating from the back, but also from DeMar DeRozan and/or Nikola Vucevic? To be continued…

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The Celtics qualified. Masters of their destiny, Jayson Tatum’s teammates ensured their qualification with a victory of more than 22 points. In the quarterfinals, they will travel to Indianapolis.

Boston / 124 Shots Rebounds
Players Min Shots 3pts L.F. O D T Pd Party Int Bp Ct +/- Pts Eval
J.Tatum 36 8/16 2/8 3/3 1 6 7 4 2 0 4 0 +18 21 20
A.Horford 28 6/8 4/6 0/0 0 9 9 6 3 2 3 3 +18 16 31
J.Holiday 33 5/8 4/5 0/0 1 6 7 9 3 1 3 0 +19 14 25
D.White 29 5/7 2/3 2/2 0 3 3 7 4 2 0 0 +15 14 24
J.Brown 35 12/23 3/8 3/5 2 6 8 6 1 0 3 1 +22 30 29
L.Stevens 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
S. Hauser 21 3/12 2/10 1/2 4 6 10 2 1 0 2 0 +13 9 9
L. Kornet 19 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 1 3 0 3 0 1 3 +9 4 8
P. Pritchard 23 4/10 3/7 0/0 1 4 5 2 0 1 0 0 +11 11 13
S. Mykhailiuk 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Banton 15 2/3 1/2 0/0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 +10 5 5
47/90 21/49 9/12 11 41 52 36 18 6 16 9 124 165
Chicago / 97 Shots Rebounds
Players Min Shots 3pts L.F. O D T Pd Party Int Bp Ct +/- Pts Eval
P. Williams 28 6/10 1/3 1/2 4 3 7 2 2 1 2 2 -7 14 19
D. DeRozan 26 7/14 1/3 4/4 0 2 2 6 2 0 2 0 -20 19 18
N. Vucevic 25 4/11 0/2 0/0 0 8 8 2 1 2 1 1 -26 8 13
C.White 30 7/12 3/5 2/2 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 -16 19 18
Z. LaVine 25 1/9 0/3 0/0 1 1 2 4 1 2 0 0 -22 2 2
T. Taylor 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 +1 0 1
D.Terry 8 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 4 5 1 1 0 0 1 +2 0 7
J.Phillips 10 0/2 0/1 1/2 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 -2 1 0
T.Craig 13 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 -5 3 6
A.Drummond 13 2/5 0/0 1/6 2 4 6 0 1 0 0 1 -11 5 4
J.Carter 17 4/7 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 1 +3 8 8
A.Caruso 19 3/9 2/6 0/0 1 1 2 2 2 3 1 0 -16 8 8
A. Dosunmu 24 4/10 1/3 1/2 0 0 0 2 3 1 0 0 -16 10 6
Total 39/90 9/28 10/18 9 28 37 25 13 11 8 7 97 110

How to read the stats? Min = Minutes; Shots = Successful shots / Attempted shots; 3pts = 3-points / 3-points attempted; LF = free throws made / free throws attempted; O = offensive rebound; D=defensive rebound; T = Total rebounds; Pd = assists; Fte: Personal fouls; Int = Intercepts; Bp = Lost balls; Ct: Against; +/- = Point differential when the player is on the field; Pts = Points; Eval: player evaluation calculated from positive actions – negative actions.

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