The Boston Celtics (4-3) stormed into the United Center with emphasis to start their first winning streak as they secured a 101-95 victory over Tom Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls (4-3) on Monday night.
There are three main reasons why the Celtics came out victorious: Rajon Rondo’s advantage over Nate Robinson, they made half their field goals attempted, and tremendous passing.
Rajon Rondo’s Advantage:
Rajon Rondo recorded his seventh consecutive double-double in the early stages of the 2012-13 with 20 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds, and five steals. Rondo has become the catalyst for the Boston Celtics this season–when he is turns it up, the Celtics turn it up.
Right from the start of the game, there was a mismatch against Nate Robinson offensively and defensively. Rondo used his size and ability to drive to the basket to his advantage. His fancy footwork made him successful in Monday’s contest.
Shooting Consistency Resumes:
The Boston Celtics have been lacking in the scoring category in the beginning of this 82-game season. An aspect the Celtics have been consistent with is their field goal percentage completing half of their shots. Prominently, Jason Terry along with Rondo has been shooting with precision at 51% thus far.
Chicago’s defense was showing weakness in transition as the Celtics found open players with ease for the open shot. Boston landed enormous and easy shots.
Key Distribution in the Victory:
Doc Rivers’ team came to play from all standpoints, but specifically the passing was down-right amazing against the Chicago Bulls’ active defense.
Boston finished the game with 28 assists. The way all players passed ball was a beautiful thing to watch. Early in this season, the Celtics have been finding the right pass for the right shot.
Tonight’s display continued their prosperous momentum. The accuracy from the passes were accurate and right in rhythm with their targets
The Celtics will look to keep their streak alive at home against the Utah Jazz (4-4) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.