Well, TD Banknorth Garden was alive today, but it ended with a performance from a rookie that turned the tide against the Boston Celtics. The Celtics, without KG, started their first round playoff series with a lose to the Bulls. The Bulls came out with no hesitation and went at the Celtics from the get go. Derrick Rose led the bulls with a career high 36 points (he tied a record that had been set by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar by most points scored for a rookie in their first playoff game) and 11 asts. Joakim Noah (11 pts and 17 rebs, finishing with his left hand in traffic) and Tyrus Thomas (16 pts, 6 rebs, and 3 blks) both had great games for the Bulls as they surprised the Celtics.
The Celtics came out a little tentative and never seemed to really get it going until the second half. The Bulls were up 9 at halftime, but the Celtics fought back to make this a close one. Rajon Rondo seemed to almost match Derrick Rose with his 29 points, 7 asts, and 9 rebs. At one point it seemed like those two were the only people on the floor. Paul Pierce caught fire late and ended the game with 23 pts and 7 rebs. Kendrick Perkins had 14 pts and 8 rebs, but it seemed like the Celtics should have gone to him more, because the Bulls couldn't handle his size in the paint.
- The Celtics let this one get away from them with both Pierce and Allen having shots to win the game (missed free throw and missed jumper).
- Derrick Rose won't have another game like he did today, but it was a joy to watch.
- Ray Allen won't have another game like he did today going 1 of 12 from the field.
The Celtics should be a little nervous, but it's just one game (on their home floor) that they lost. Again, the Celtics let this one get away from them. They have to play better next game. If they go down 0-2, I think my prediction goes into the tank.
What did you think about this game? How was Derrick Rose's performance? Where are the rest of the Celtics? Are the Celtics in trouble already?