The Boston Celtics had a hard time at their game in Chicago on Monday night.
It started well for the C’s, who wanted to stay unbeaten for the season’s first few weeks. They jumped out to an early 19-point lead over the Bulls and were on fire, making 8 of their first 11 3-point shots.
After that, Chicago went on a 49-14 run. After getting 39 points in the first quarter, Boston only got 40 points in the second and third quarters together.
During the third quarter, C’s interim head coach Joe Mazzulla was kicked out for yelling at a referee. It was a sign of how angry he was. Damon Stoudamire replaced Mazzulla, and forward Grant Williams was thrown out in the fourth quarter for running into an official by accident.
The Celtics have trouble getting the ball back.
The Bulls were mean to the C’s on the boards. Nikola Vucevic, to be more exact.
Vucevic got 23 rebounds, including ten offensive boards, on his 32nd birthday. These vast numbers helped Chicago beat Boston, 60-44, in the rebounding game.
The Celtics have had an excellent start to the season, but they haven’t been very good at getting the ball back. They were also outrebounded when they barely beat the evil Orlando Magic on Saturday.
Big man Robert Williams is miss by the C’s. Noah Vonleh had five boards, but he got in trouble for having too many fouls. Al Horford, the team’s starting center, got five rebounds on the night. Tatum (eight) and Brown (six) had the most rebounds on the team.
The Celtics’ defense problems keep getting worse.
The Celtics’ strong defense from 2021-22 hasn’t carried over to 2022-23. After losing on Monday night, the C’s defensive rating of 118.7 puts them at 27th in the NBA so far this season.
Based on OKBET, Chicago made 10 of 21 shots from beyond the arc (46.6 percent), and Boston’s defense was almost nonexistent. Overall, the Bulls made 42 of 87 shots from the floor, which is 48.3%.
The Celtics have given up at least 104 points in their first four games and a mean of 116 points. It’s been an unusual stretch for a team that known for being good at defense last year. Even in this area, people have missed Robert Williams.
Ayo Dosunmu is a Celtics killer
Add Bulls guard Ayo Dosunmu to the list of players who, for some reason, seem to know how to beat the Celtics. The 22-year-old scored 22 points on 9 of 10 shots (4 of 4 from 3-point range) to help Chicago win by a large margin.
Dosunmu has made 27 of 30 shots from the floor in his four career games against Boston. Yes, you read that right. The last time he gave the C’s trouble was on January 15, 2022, when he scored 21 points on 9 of 10 shots and grabbed ten rebounds.