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Game 24: Celtics at Bulls

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  December 18, 2012 06:30 PM

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CHICAGO -- The Celtics will try to end their three-game road trip with a victory against the Bulls, who are still missing all-star point guard Derrick Rose. The irony is the Celtics have been in Chicago for two days while the Bulls came back to Chicago early Tuesday morning after Monday's loss at Memphis. The Celtics begin a stretch of three games in four nights before three days off.

STARTING LINEUPS.
BOSTON CELTICS (12-11)

PG Rajon Rondo
SG Courtney Lee
SF Paul Pierce
PF Brandon Bass
C Kevin Garnett

CHICAGO BULLS(13-10)
PG Kirk Hinrich
SG Marco Bellinelli
SF Luol Deng
PF Carlos Boozer
C Joakim Noah

Officials: Jason Phillips, Violet Palmer, Leon Wood

TV/Radio: 8 p.m. Comcast Sportsnet / WEEI

Pregame notes:

• This is the Celtics' final visit of the season to United Center. They won here 101-95 on Nov. 12.

• The Celtics enjoyed a rare two-day break but return to action Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who host Toronto tonight.

• Avery Bradley said he felt fine after practicing for the first time in seven months on Monday, but he has no idea when he will make his game debut. Bradley said he may need "two weeks" of practice to get ready.

• Doc Rivers said Courtney Lee will start at shooting guard for the time being and Jason Terry will return to his normal bench role. Bradley could get the starting spot when he returns.

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