Celtics try to regain footing at home vs. Bulls

Annette Crawford
November 17, 2018

Hayward, 28, is averaging 9.9 points and shooting 39.6 percent from the field in 25.6 minutes per game. He's yet to score 20 points this season, but Hayward is too good of a player to not find a rhythm at some point this season.

After going 1-4 on their recent West Coast road trip, the 7-6 Boston Celtics understand their offensive production has to improve.

It's obvious Gordon Hayward isn't where he feels he needs to be on the court. After a slow start through the first quarter, Boston started pulling away from the Bulls in the second quarter and never let up. "I said it before the season, it's whatever to me". Oh, and worst of all, they were losing to the Bulls by five points by the quarter's end. They've had starting PG Kris Dunn for just one game, lost starting PF Lauri Markkanen before the year started, and have been without Bobby Portis for 10 games.

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.

But things aren't as handsome in Boston as they should be right now, and Hayward clearly isn't performing at the level the Celtics wanted him to when they signed him in free agency last summer.

Chicago Bulls have a 4-10 record (8-6 against the spread) so far this season and are now tied with the Knicks in the 12 place of the East.

The Celtics will play three home games in a four-day stretch, with the aforementioned Raptors coming to TD Garden on Friday and the Utah Jazz on Saturday.

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.

Shaquille Harrison led Chicago with 16 points. It may be a while before he gets back to being his old self, so a bench role might actually be the best move for the team right now. "I'm trying to do whatever I can to help us".

The Celtics have won six straight home games against the Bulls over the last three regular seasons.

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