At the beginning of the weekend, the night was busy in the NBA, with at least twelve games on the schedule. And the best poster is undoubtedly Celtics – Bulls in Boston, between these two ambitious clubs currently positioned in the Top 6 of the Eastern Conference.
A contested match, the outcome of which was formed at the very end of the game, in “money-time”. After 7 ties and 7 changes of leader in the score, the Celtics came out after an intense duel (123-119), brought by Jayson Tatum XXL (36 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists), author of the decisive throws in the last moment
For their part, the Bulls usually dominated and chased the score throughout the match, but did not give up, giving their opponents until the end, under the force of a big DeMar DeRozan (46 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 thieves). The visitors came even closer to the ‘hold-up’ when they went down -2 with less than two minutes remaining, after trailing by 14 points in the third quarter, but failed to score shots that would have left their opponents KO’d standing
WHAT YOU SHOULD REMEMBER
– Malcolm Brogdon, the Celtics’ X factor. Off the bench, the veteran back scored 25 of the Celtics’ 40 points, which was near flawless (9/10). He added 4 assists and an impeccable defense on opposing ball carriers, to present himself with the perfect matchup of the X factor, in the relay of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
– An awesome matchup of All-Star wingers. Jayson Tatum and DeMar DeRozan delivered a sensational match-within-a-match, carrying their respective teams all the way. If the first leaves with a victory, after an effort punctuated with 36 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists, it is the second who signs the most consistent individual performance, with 46 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 interceptions. Greedy with shots, with 23 attempts each (8 victories for Celtic, 13 for Bull), the two wingers mainly consist of their “marking” at the free throw line: 17/20 for Jayson Tatum, 20 /22 for DeMar DeRozan!
✅ Nikola Vucevic. His performance was overshadowed by his teammate DeMar DeRozan, but “Vooch” really put out a big game, with 24 points (10/14) and 12 rebounds, and the best +/-, tied with winger at 46 points, with +10. We saw him very comfortable and well placed in attack, which was not always the case last year. In defense, however, the same limitations, especially in the “pick-and-roll”, but the desire to do well is there, at least.
⛔️ The Bulls at half court. Despite a very good overall address (52%), but mainly boosted by the consistent performance of DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic, the Bulls were not very convincing in the half-court. Their ratio of 21 assists for 17 ball losses is the statistical confirmation, and visually, we often have the impression of knowing how it will end: in separation for DeMar DeRozan or Zach LaVine. It’s clear the Bulls still have room for improvement to fine-tune their half-court attack.
– Celtics (5-3) : “back-to-back” in New York (0h30)
– Bulls (5-5) : travel to Toronto, Sunday to Monday night (00:00)