Friday night is win or go home for the Chicago Bulls, and yet the world still turns and humans are mere specks of dust.Boston Celtics vs Chicago Bulls Live
It looks like Isaiah Canaan will start again for Chicago, when they host the Boston Celtics on Friday night. The Bulls will be without the services of Rajon Rondo, once again. But it likely wasn’t going to mean that much in the greater scheme of things. Unless, of course, Rondo was really going to play his best basketball in years for a few more games.
It’s sadly amusing, the way that this season comes down to the wire. Even though the exit of Derrick Rose was obvious, this team has struggled to define their backcourt. Those struggles come to a head when the 2016-17 incarnation of this Chicago franchise defines their season with a win or the beginning of their summer vacation. And the earth still spins around the sun.
While I write this, I’m watching a live stream from the NASA satellite as it orbits our planet. And our planet almost seems to be calling out, “We want one more game! Give us Game 7, give us Rondo!” I don’t think that the Bulls can oblige.
If this is the last time we have to write a game info piece for 2016-17, it sure was a heck of a ride.
The Celtics have looked like a much better team over the past three games. Isaiah Thomas has played great basketball and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Brad Stevens has also made adjustments to how he plays Al Horford with no counterpunch coming from Fred Hoiberg. It’s possible Hoiberg’s team just doesn’t have any pieces that could suitably deal with the Horford adjustment. Robin Lopez can’t play 48 minutes and Cristiano Felicio has been exposed in some very detrimental ways.
Even when the Gerald Green experiment stalled out, Boston still got 40 3-pointers up and did something neither team had done through the first four games of the series – won on their home floor. Now, the Bulls will need to return the favor or the season ends on Friday night.
Matchup: Chicago Bulls (2-3) vs. Boston Celtics (3-2)
When: 7 p.m. CST
Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
TV: CSN-Chicago, ESPN
Radio: WLUP-FM 97.9, WRTO-AM 1200 (ESP)