Welcome to TD Garden, where the Boston Celtics (4-5) will take on the Chicago Bulls (10-2) at 8 p.m. Note the late start time for national television.
Derrick Rose is probable tonight, which could be a good thing for Celtics fans watching this game. At least someone will score. The Bulls play the best defense in the NBA under former Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau, and they scored just 78 points without Rose in a win over Washington Wednesday. Chicago's own scoring problems during last season's playoffs cost them a chance at a title, and the Celtics have visibly struggled on offense at times in this early season.
Would be a great night for one of those vintage Paul Pierce games.
We're nine games into the season and Rajon Rondo's 31 points on Christmas is still the Celtics' high-scoring game by any player. Ray Allen's 28 against Miami is second. Rondo's spectacular play is not a bad thing, but the Celtics need someone else to have a big scoring night. If they want to win tonight, Rondo needs to explode in addition to another Celtics player.
The Celtics are going through a closed walkthrough on the parquet floor at the moment. The Bulls had their shootaround here this morning, from which the Globe's Gary Washburn reported that Rose was more likely to play than not.
Should be a good one here tonight. We'll keep you updated on injuries and chatter from both locker rooms throughout the night.