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Welcome to United Center; Derrick Rose out, Bradley starting

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  April 5, 2012 09:01 PM

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CHICAGO -- The Celtics will face a different Bulls team than they perhaps expected as Derrick Rose was ruled out for tonight's game with a strained right groin. Rose has missed the past 12 games and 22 overall with injuries, and the Celtics are 1-1 against the Bulls without Rose.

Meanwhile, Celtics coach Doc Rivers dropped this nugget of good news for Mickael Pietrus, who may begin his concussion testing today. Pietrus has a Grade 3 concussion but was able to watch Wednesday's game without the shades and a towel over his head that he wore Sunday against the Miami Heat.

Ray Allen made out of his first game back Wednesday healthy but Doc Rivers opted to start Avery Bradley, who will face off against UConn counterpart Richard Hamilton.


STARTING LINEUPS

BOSTON CELTICS (30-23)

PG Rajon Rondo
SG Avery Bradley
SF Paul Pierce
PF Brandon Bass
C Kevin Garnett

INACTIVES: Mickael Pietrus, Jermaine O'Neal


CHICAGO BULLS (42-13)

PG C.J. Watson
SG Richard Hamilton
SF Luol Deng
PF Carlos Boozer
C Joakim Noah

INACTIVES: Derrick Rose


OFFICIALS: Monty McCutchen, Leroy Richardson, Sean Wright

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