For the first time all season, the Chicago Bulls come into a game having won more than one game in a row. Following wins this weekend over the Charlotte Hornets and the New York Knicks, the Bulls will welcome the new-look Boston Celtics into the United Center.
The Celtics will enter Monday night’s match-up with a 22-5 record; that’s just one loss more than the Houston Rockets for the best record in the NBA.How are they doing that without Gordon Hayward, one of their prized free agent acquisitions? For one part, the injury to Hayward has thrust rookie Jayson Tatum into a starting role, and he’s responded in a big way.
The second-year player is also averaging a hair over 14 points per game, and is shooting well from deep at over 40 percent. Of course, they also added Kyrie Irving this offseason, whose playmaking, along with that of Al Horford’s, is the reason Tatum and Brown are shooting so well from three. Irving is also scoring 24 points per game.
This will be the second game of a back-to-back for the Celtics, as they beat the Pistons in Detroit on Sunday night. So maybe they’ll be tired and the Bulls can turn surprise the Celtics. More likely, though, is that the Bulls lose easily.