2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

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Celtics in 4
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Celtics in 5
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Celtics in 6
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Celtics in 7
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After ten OT's, game 7 is decided by a Connect 4 game, which Rondo wins
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2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby Lamrock on Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:40 pm

Last time these two teams met in the playoffs, it was one of the most epic first round series of all time. They meet again, but the only player from that 2009 series present is Rondo, and he's on the Bulls now!

Anyway I got Boston in 7. The Bulls seem to play up to their competition, and I'm leery of the Celtics' ability to win in the post-season with their rebounding woes and the offense being so reliant on Isaiah. I think they'll be able to beat a mediocre Bulls team, but it won't be easy.
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby PeacemanNOT on Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:15 pm

I'm expecting Butler and Wade to come out gunning in this series, however the Celtics are better overall and will more than likely prevail over them.

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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby Valor on Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:52 pm

Celtics in 6, cause Vinny Del Negro can coach better than Hoiberg and the Bulls no longer have the heart and tenacity of Noah and co that got them to all those OTs and G7 from last time round.
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby JaoSming on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:15 pm

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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby [Q] on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:49 pm

aw man, i was hoping to see the heat make it
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby NovU on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:53 pm

Bulls in 5. The Celtics will realize the wrong they've done, not trading for Jimmy Butler who will destroy them here.
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby Andrew on Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:55 pm

The Bulls are unpredictable enough to overachieve and steal a game; I say that's exactly what they do. However, I believe the Celtics will win the other four. Celtics in 5.
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby Dee4Three on Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:12 pm

Celtics in 6.
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby air gordon on Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:59 am

Curious to see how Hoiberg does in his first playoff series. I've read he's had some good schemes game to game but that was the regular season and Stevens is a good coach

Maybe the Bulls can just pick and roll IT until they get the switch they want and then punish them on the boards (though they are gibson-less) to make it a series. 3pt shooting will be the key for the bulls as usual

Celts have a lot of defenders too throw at Butler and the Bulls don't have that one guy or solid rotating defense to limit IT.
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby airBerlin on Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:04 am

Expected better things from the bulls at the start of the season. Even though it was uncommon opinion at the time, I really thought rondo/wade/butler + the rest of the bulls would be able to put something together. I won't say they're awful, but not as good as I expected them to be. Celtics in 5.
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby Dee4Three on Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:12 am

Two guys could be x factors for Boston in the series (my opinion).

Jaylen Brown - He, even when the roster is healthy, logs important minutes, and the drop off when he is in the lineup can't happen. He has had a couple rookie moments (like any rookie) like his jump in the air on a fadeaway, and getting caught (making a turnover), but overall it's been a successful rookie campaign. His defense is already mature, but what is he going to give us in the form of a scoring punch? I believe he has to play relatively mistake free basketball, as well as score at slightly better than his regular season clip. Can the rookie step up to the playoff challenge?

Kelly Olynyk - when Kelly is rolling with that second unit, we are a much better team. Olynyk rolling offensively allows the C's to maintain a lead, or sometimes even increase it when he's showing confidence in his offensive game. But will he show up on the boards and on the defensive end? I watch off the ball A LOT, and seeing Kelly having trouble sliding his feet (especially when they are putting him in pick n rolls), is concerning, he is easily blown by. Rebounding wise, he fails to box out and allows too many second chance points.

I predict Celtics in 6, but we really need our bench to show up.
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby air gordon on Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:08 am

About time someone from the green contingency showed up haha

I think Horford is the X factor. The bulls best bet to kill them in the interior is Lopez but he can't rotate out or stay with Horford on the perimeter. Don't trust portis or felecio either. Should be a chess match between the coaches to keep/get Lopez out

Bulls have bench issues also and I hope they stagger Wade and butler so they can get some bench scoring instead of relying on a bunch of guys with no playoff experience. Wade has a tough series ahead of him. Bradley has done well against him and smart is a beast

Bulls X factor is Niko and whichever 1st big comes off the bench. That reserve has to kill it on the boards and limit Kelly o

Maybe since these games are spaced out jimmy buckets plays 48 minutes and guards IT all game. Some where thibs is smiling
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby Andrew on Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:18 am

Bulls almost let that one slip away in the final minute. It's was a nationally televised game though, so they were able to hang on and beat a superior team.
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby mp3 on Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:04 pm

What a start to the playoffs, thoughts are with Isiah Thomas and his family.
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby air gordon on Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:00 am

Nice win
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby NovU on Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:40 pm

Can Portis have a game like this again in this series? Then we have a real series.
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby Andrew on Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:22 pm

More of that Portis in general, moving forward.
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby Dee4Three on Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:15 am

Me being a huge Celtics fan, I can still be honest about the situation. Our team clearly overachieved, and I don't disagree with Barkleys comments about the Celtics being possibly the worst #1 seed ever.

With that being said, I love this team, and hope we come out with some serious fire tonight in game 2. We live and die by our outside shooting, hopefully tonight is a good shooting performance by more than just Thomas. Brad Stevens did a hell of a job with this group, and he is my coach of the year (Even if I wasn't a Celtics fan, I could be realistic about that).

If Portis goes off again, I'll be pissed.

The Celtics getting beat 65 to 44 on rebounds makes me cringe... We are not much smaller (If at all) than this Bulls team, since when do we get beat by 21 on the boards to THIS Chicago Bulls team?. That just tells me that we are not getting these 50-50 rebounds, and not boxing out. C'mon guys.... getting beat by 21 on the boards...ugh. They averaged about 4 rebounds per game more than us for the regular season, not 21. LETS GO!
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby Andrew on Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:30 am

The rebounding differential was surprising, especially given that the Bulls gave up some of their presence on the boards when they traded away Taj Gibson. It should be noted that they have a habit of overachieving themselves, sporadically and in spurts. It's quite possible that the Celtics retake control of the series and never relinquish it from here on out.
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby Dee4Three on Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:33 am

Andrew wrote:The rebounding differential was surprising, especially given that the Bulls gave up some of their presence on the boards when they traded away Taj Gibson. It should be noted that they have a habit of overachieving themselves, sporadically and in spurts. It's quite possible that the Celtics retake control of the series and never relinquish it from here on out.


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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby air gordon on Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:10 am

Wth Dee. Was that a mini eulogy?

I would be very shocked if tonites outcome will end in the Bulls favor

Portis performance brought back memories of nocioni's playoff debut vs the wizards.

Odd win considering celts had the edge in key stats
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby Dee4Three on Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:14 am

air gordon wrote:Wth Dee. Was that a mini eulogy?

I would be very shocked if tonites outcome will end in the Bulls favor

Portis performance brought back memories of nocioni's playoff debut vs the wizards.

Odd win considering celts had the edge in key stats


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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby Lamrock on Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:21 pm

I wonder if the Celtics regret getting that 1 seed. You can point to all of their assets and say "this is just gravy", but losing to an 8 seed if hard to live down and raises a lot of questions. Wouldn't be as bad if they were the 2 or the 3.

Of course, this series isn't over. It would be so 2017 Bulls to lose games 3 and 4.
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby Andrew on Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:26 pm

I was expecting the Bulls to get blown out in Game 2, which also would've been typical of the season they've had. Mind you, it was another game on TNT, so they had that going for them.
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby PeacemanNOT on Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:28 pm

Wow.... didn't see this coming. Losing home court advantage just like that, I know the series isn't over but jeez.

Even if the Celtics find a way to win this series it's going to have a toll on them, especially facing a team like the Wizards.
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Postby Dee4Three on Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:33 pm

Ouch.

I hurt....
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby NovU on Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:45 pm

Rondo's been playing very well in the late season, contributing greatly to making the playoffs, now in 1st round he's been the key guy.

Will you Bulls fans apologize to Garpax if this team makes to ECF?
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Postby Andrew on Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:48 pm

Probably not. While it would be a huge overachievement and a great run, it wouldn't invalidate all criticism of them.
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby air gordon on Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:55 pm

NovU wrote:Rondo's been playing very well in the late season, contributing greatly to making the playoffs, now in 1st round he's been the key guy.

Will you Bulls fans apologize to Garpax if this team makes to ECF?

Fuck no. These 2 wins are a nice fu to those clowns who tried to sink the season and traded for Payne and forced him in the lineup

And i agree with lamrocks post
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby Jeffx on Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:29 am

Where's Al Horford? Celtics are paying him to be that #2 guy, but he's not stepping up.
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby Dee4Three on Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:42 am

Al is playing like a passive, scared, rookie. Even the look he has on his face during the game. He doesn't look like a veteran to me.

I wonder if he is feeling the pressure of being what a lot of people were hoping for, a key and missing piece that can help the Celtics get over the hump.

I havn't seen him make any veteran plays in these two games.
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby Dee4Three on Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:36 am



#5 is heartbreaking.

But I also think it stems from Thomas's emotional ride, and the fact that Horford is just not that type of guy.
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby air gordon on Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:28 am

Horford needs to man up. He actually took it to the basket twice in a row in the 2nd half. Needs to do that more, especially when Niko is on him

It looks like the team is feeling the pressure, not just big Al

So what should the celts do aside from not rushing shots as the article suggested? Start Kelly o?

And where's the Celtic fan of the forum?

And Moz and valor? Still in boycott mode?

From a Bulls fan perspective this series is amusing. Fine they won game 1 by hitting the boards and buckets closing them out. Game 2 the rebounding was equal but they hit their 3's and really won convincingly. The defense has been solid especially when smart is in.

Just enjoying the ride as the wheels can come off at any time. the next 2 are on ESPN ;)
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby Dee4Three on Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:37 am

air gordon wrote:Horford needs to man up. He actually took it to the basket twice in a row in the 2nd half. Needs to do that more, especially when Niko is on him

It looks like the team is feeling the pressure, not just big Al

So what should the celts do aside from not rushing shots as the article suggested? Start Kelly o?

And where's the Celtic fan of the forum?

And Moz and valor? Still in boycott mode?

From a Bulls fan perspective this series is amusing. Fine they won game 1 by hitting the boards and buckets closing them out. Game 2 the rebounding was equal but they hit their 3's and really won convincingly. The defense has been solid especially when smart is in.

Just enjoying the ride as the wheels can come off at any time. the next 2 are on ESPN ;)


I'm a die hard fan.

I'd like to see us show passion, Celtic pride.

We got beat to all the 50-50 balls in game 2, and offensively we are rushing shots (of course, mostly outside shots). I want us to take it to the rack more and put pressure on that interior D.

I'd like to see that ball movement that made us so successful during the regular season.
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby air gordon on Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:23 am

I meant to say specifically Sauru. Sorry!

The 1st qtr the Boston offense seems fine. They seem to recover from a few bad possessions by hitting a few 3pters. Bradley is bombIMG away

Boston shot just as many 3pters as GSW did this season. DO they have the players to attack the rim?
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby NovU on Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:41 am

This is why your best players matter. Butler outshines everyone else. Isaiah can be stopped and is disturbed by loss of family member. Horford despite being the max player has flaws that can be taken advantage of by sizable Bulls' frontcourt.

When your bigs are getting pwnded and outrebounded with no easy baskets down below, is obviously a big bad sign of trouble especially in the playoffs where your flaws are constantly attacked. Heat had same issues with Bosh/Battier as their centers. Fat Sullinger is dearly missed I bet.

Being familiar with Brad Stevenson's playbook and system, it probably is helping Rondo in a way or two.


I am liking my original prediction here. Bulls in 5.
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby Dee4Three on Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:58 am

air gordon wrote:I meant to say specifically Sauru. Sorry!

The 1st qtr the Boston offense seems fine. They seem to recover from a few bad possessions by hitting a few 3pters. Bradley is bombIMG away

Boston shot just as many 3pters as GSW did this season. DO they have the players to attack the rim?


I have seen Crowder and Bradley turn the corner successfully on drives.. now do they do it often? no, but they CAN. I have also seen Terry Rozier get to the hoop fairly easy in certain games, does he do it often? No. Al Horford has shown the ability to put the ball on the floor in the high post, and attack the rim strong, did he do it in game 1? Yes, did he do it in game 2? NO.

Olynyk also has the game where he throws a pump fake, gets the defender up in the air because they have to respect his shot, and has the ability to dribble into the paint. Marcus Smart, while wild at times (most of the time recently), has the ability to turn the corner as well... but hes not.

We are playing SOFT.
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby air gordon on Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:25 am

Rozier looks good on his drives. Its seems him and smart are there only ones who make efforts to get to the basket other than IT

I just continue to shake my head seeing Niko and Portis being successful defenders. I still see Bradley taking advantage of wade though

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It's one player on the Bulls frontcourt that's killing Boston on the boards- Lopez. What a series by him so far!
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby Dee4Three on Sat Apr 22, 2017 1:47 am

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Postby air gordon on Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:07 am

Typical Charlie Brown shit happening to the bulls
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby Lamrock on Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:13 am

Celtics killing the Bulls in game 3 - Horford with a career high 8 boards. I think the winner of game 4 takes the series.
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Postby PeacemanNOT on Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:17 am

The lack of (playoff headband) Rondo really hurts the Bulls. He really sets the pace for them. I've watched most of the game and from what I've seen they're playing with barely any effort.
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Postby NovU on Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:54 pm

Wade looks old and fat. He just can't shake off the defender. Defenders were busy looking at his back in old days but now they keep up shoulder to shoulder with him all the way to basket.
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Postby [Q] on Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:33 pm

That missed dunk Wade had earlier in the series was sad
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby Valor on Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:15 am

Hoiberg's substitutions are killing us, why he kept on yanking Lopez is beyond me. Dude was pretty much THE reason why we came back to take a small lead in the 3rd quarter.

Also, why does he keep playing MCW? I think it's pretty obvious he has no chance of guarding Isaiah Thomas by now, Celtics go on big runs whenever MCW is on the floor...
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Postby Andrew on Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:18 pm

Jeez...I go away camping for the weekend, and this happens.

Ah well. At least they avoided the sweep.
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby Dee4Three on Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:34 am

Gerald Green's dunk on the baseline after that missed three made me stand up and yell "HOLY SHIT!"

What a lift he has been... his shot making ability and his energy.

Horford showed up the last couple games, and we are taking smarter shots. Lets end this in 6 C's.
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Re: 2017 Playoffs: (1) Boston vs. (8) Chicago

Postby air gordon on Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:10 am

Valor wrote:Hoiberg's substitutions are killing us, why he kept on yanking Lopez is beyond me. Dude was pretty much THE reason why we came back to take a small lead in the 3rd quarter.

Also, why does he keep playing MCW? I think it's pretty obvious he has no chance of guarding Isaiah Thomas by now, Celtics go on big runs whenever MCW is on the floor...

After 2 nice games looks like we are back to this nightmare reality. How sad Canaan gets dusted off and turns out to be the best of the worst as next pg up

Lopez should played for sure even if Boston played him off the court with their pick n roll game.

Wade stunk again. C'mon maaaaan

Stevens goes with the unlikely small lineup and now Hoiberg has no answer to it

Rondo hurry back
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