Celtics try to regain footing at home vs. Bulls

Nov 11 2018 Portland OR Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving and center Jusuf Nurkic go after a loose ball during the second half of the game at the Moda Center. The Blazers won 100-94. (Steve Dykes-USA TODAY

Celtics try to regain footing at home vs. Bulls

Baynes and Hayward followed, each with a three-point play, the latter for a 92-64 lead and, essentially, the game. "We've got a big week coming up with back-to-back games against two teams (the Raptors and the Utah Jazz on Saturday) we lost to previously". Marcus Smart is shooting just 32.8%, while Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward have not been much better.

"Coming into the season we were all expecting that we would just kind of take over", said Al Horford, who scored 10 points with eight rebounds in just 20 minutes, "and we're very risky". A switch up in starters might be just what the team needs right now. It's natural that Brad Stevens would be starting to look for other options.

Apparently he's suffering from an illness for the time being and will take tonight off to rest.

Kyrie Irving did a masterful job showing he could be the leader of the squad on a night he could have been "The Show" as he facilitated everything all over the court in his 28 minutes with 17 points, seven assists and six rebounds before checking out for the night with 8:49 left in the fourth quarter and the Celtics up 26. Zach LaVine finished with 10 points and nine assists, and Wendell Carter Jr. had 11 points and seven rebounds.

"It comes to getting punched in the mouth a few times, and then we come out and clearly we outmatch teams at dang near every position", he said. While it's not necessarily a bad spot, Celtics don't seem to be playing their best basketball.

The Celtics dominated the second quarter, holding Chicago to 11 points on five field goals, and continued to pull away in the second half.

The Celtics led by as many as 33 points in the fourth quarter.

The record isn't great for Chicago this season, but they have fought hard most nights.

The Celtics continued to score easily, and by the time Tatum drilled his fourth 3-pointer with 4:36 left in the third, they had boosted their lead to 71-47. It is also imperative they wrestle control of the glass at both ends of the floor, but especially so on the defensive side as they can ignite their offense with an unending number of outlet passes to streaking teammates along the sidelines who will quickly push the ball up the floor to deny the defense opportunities to set up and shut down driving lanes to the hoop.

The Celtics have won six straight home games against the Bulls over the last three regular seasons.

After an uninspiring 1-4 road trip from the green team, the sky is falling for a lot of Boston Celtics fans.

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