Chicago Bulls vs Boston Celtics, 7:00 PM TNT

It all comes down to this. The final two games of the season. Tonight, the Bulls take on their opponents from last year's playoffs, the Boston Celtics, and tomorrow they'll be in Charlotte to close out the regular season.

Chicago is fighting the Toronto Raptors for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls beat Toronto at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday, and could cement a place in the post-season with a win tonight, followed by a Raptors loss against New York tomorrow. Should the Raptors pull out the victory, the Bulls will need to both tonight and tomorrow which makes this game extremely important.

The Boston Celtics are chasing the 3rd seed, and in doing so they have Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and the rest of their team ready for tonight. Boston has looked uninterested during the late part of the season, but can turn on the defensive pressure given enough motivation. If the third seed is important to them, the Bulls will be in for a fight.

All-Star point guard Derrick Rose will have to get ready for a major game. The 6'3 Rose has emerged as the leader of the franchise and these are the games he should live for. Rose stepped up in Toronto and scored 26 points to secure the win. That said, the player of the game in Toronto was Bulls center Joakim Noah. The 6'11 former Florida Gator gathered 18 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists, while displaying an impressive arsenal of skills and passing angles.

An underrated key for tonight is the play of rookie forward Taj Gibson. The 24-year old will have to play an active role and force Kevin Garnett to participate defensively. Gibson primarily tries to use the mid-range jumper be effective, but tonight he has to take it to the rim and finish plays.

Sixth-year forward Luol Deng also need to step up. The 6'9 small forward has a long wingspan and will have to use it against Paul Pierce. Deng has to focus on playing the passing-lanes and close off for penetration at the top of the key.

Collectively, the Bulls need a strong performance tonight.

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  • GOOD NEWS:

    Only 200 more days until the Bulls get Omer Asik...haha.

    http://www.happycountdown.com/omerasik/

    Also, check out this Omer Asik video. It's oddly funny.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w76lG7Bwdmw&feature=player_embedded

    How do you translate that title? HAHA.

  • Luol Deng drinking game! I'm drinking every time he jacks up a crap shot from inside the 3 point line early in the shot clock and bricks the crap out of it. Thank Buddah I'm watching it at home....

  • I'll be drinking a ton if i have to watch the lottery again

  • In reply to renep23:

    Amen, brother....especially when our lottery pick most likely goes to Milwaukee...

  • In reply to renep23:

    First possession.....DRINK!!!!!

  • In reply to renep23:

    6:10 in the first quarter....DRINK!!!!

  • In reply to renep23:

    Amazing the celtics are playing like crap and the bulls amazingly are playing worse.

  • In reply to renep23:

    watching the game with my lap top, how bout that rose reverse dunk!

  • In reply to renep23:

    kirk should have dunked

  • In reply to renep23:

    5:55 in the second quarter....DRINK!!!

  • In reply to renep23:

    I love it how Barkley loves Del Negro. He watches like 3 Bulls games a year....

  • In reply to renep23:

    7:28 in the third quarter....DRINK!!!!

  • In reply to renep23:

    Bulls are losing again, drink

  • In reply to renep23:

    Great call there Ref Noah is being pushed out of bounds and the call is on him, go figure.

  • In reply to renep23:

    Another great call by the ref, Hinrich is pushed to the floor and Hinrich fouled? who did he foul? the floor?

  • In reply to renep23:

    thanks sheed

  • In reply to renep23:

    hoooray!!!!

  • In reply to renep23:

    One win from the Playoffs! The guys need to go home, get some sleep, and get ready for tomorrow!

  • In reply to CPBuff22:

    or do they get on the plane tonight and sleep at the hotel?

  • In reply to CPBuff22:

    Free agent plan

    1. Rose and Noah have great playoff run.
    2. Hinrich and Deng play well enough to open trade options.
    3. Let Pax do recruiting "Sign with us or I will crush you!"

  • In reply to CPBuff22:

    Wallace simply glared toward the ceiling after his two-handed tip-in as the crowd roared. Shortly after that, a fan yelled "Give it to Wallace" as Miller held the ball before launching an airball before the shot-clock buzzer

    Source: AP

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