Celtics overcome slow start, beat Bulls by 29 points


On the season LaVine is averaging 27.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists a game. This includes a 10-point, 3-for-11 effort against the Celtics, which ended his impressive streak of 20-point performances at 14 games (15 if you include his last outing in 2017-18). "Until we decide we've had enough and own up, and hold our ground with one-on-one and team defense, we're going to continue getting hit in the mouth".

With Brown and Hayward on the floor to balance the bench energy of Semi Ojeleye, Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart to start the second quarter the Celtics took control on 3-pointers from Smart and Brown before Tatum returned for a 3-pointer and 37-30 lead with 4:49 on the clock.

While the first quarter was more of the recent same for the Celtics as they trailed 24-19 after one while shooting 39.1 percent, the second quarter was a better example of the "back-to-basics" principles Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he meant to work on during Monday's practice. "I said it before the season, it's whatever to me".

At Utah, the Celtics were without point guard Kyrie Irving, on personal leave while attending a memorial service for his grandfather.

"We come into practice every day and we beat each other up", Smart said, via Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston.

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Up 16 at the half after a 32-11 second quarter, the Celtics used an 11-2 start to the second half to build a 25-point lead.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens had made it a goal of his prior to the start of the season to use Hayward as a facilitator in offensive situations, something that Hayward now thinks would benefit his struggling team.

"One of the toughest things to do in this league is to come off a road trip, good or bad, and play well in front of the home fans", Irving said.

Marcus Smart has been frustrated by the Celtics' slow start.

Everybody is coming after us, everybody sees and reads what's been said and what we've done. For a team in need of a warm building, the Garden was a much-needed setting for last night's 111-82 win over Chicago. He plays hard on the defensive end, and his shot has been going in recent games. "We've got to find a way to put the ball in the hoop". This is an interesting development considering talk of Gordon Hayward potentially accepting a bench role-starting tonight, maybe-and Morris being the most likely pick to take his place in the starting lineup.