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Things were ugly in the windy city last night for the Celtics as they fell behind early and stayed there, getting routed by the Chicago Bulls, 100-82. Already playing without Wally Szczerbiak (ankle) the Celtics only got 8 points from an obviously hampered Paul Pierce (elbow) in the loss.
After weeks of being positive and saying that his team was "close", Shira Springer has Doc Rivers changing his tune after his team failed to compete last night. Steve Bulpett wonders why the Celtics bothered to even show up last night, only to deliver an uninspired and disconcerted performance. While this game wasn't close, Mike Petraglia notes that the Celtics have been having problems late in games this season, a trend that needs correction.
With two of their three centers already sidelined, the Celtics may also lose Kendrick Perkins, according to Springer's notebook. The training staff is considering whether they should rest Perkins and allow his plantar fasciitis a chance to heal. Bulpett's notebook has Perkins placing the blame for the Celtics poor play and struggles solely on the players and not at all on Rivers. You can get these links, a little commentary and Mike Gorman's Mailbag on the FSN Nothing But Net blog.