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Bulls 108, Celtics 85: No Kyrie Irving means no chance in blowout loss

John Tomase
December 12, 2017 - 12:10 am

It turns out there's a limit to the losses the Celtics can withstand and his name is Kyrie Irving.

The Celtics visited the Bulls on Tuesday to complete a back-to-back that started with a win in Detroit on Sunday. They did so without Irving, their leading scorer and best player, who missed the game with a sore left quad.

If ever there was a game to skip, this was it. The Bulls started the night with the NBA's worst record (5-20) and were without rookie sharpshooter Lauri Markkanen, who sat with back spasms.

But the Celtics aren't necessarily a deep offensive team even on the best nights, relying instead on a high volume of shots and the brilliance of Irving in the final minutes. On Monday, the limits of the supporting cast were exposed.

It didn't help that they also played without forward Marcus Morris, who could miss significant time with a knee injury. Big man Al Horford was a game-time decision as well, playing despite being questionable with a sore knee. If you wondered where they'd get scoring given those limitations, your mind was in the right place, because this one was a struggle from start to finish.

The Bulls, on the strength of a 22-2 run in the first half, dealt the Celtics their most lopsided loss of the season, 108-85.

The Celtics did nothing offensively after taking a 29-28 lead in the first quarter. They shot just 39.8 percent from the field, including 10-of-40 on 3-pointers. Rookie Jayson Tatum, the leading 3-point shooter in the NBA, went 0-for-4.

That's about all that needs to be said about this one.

JBL Audio Stat of the Game: The Celtics attempted 40 3-pointers, but made just 10.

 JBL is the Official Sound of Jayson Tatum, The Boston Celtics, and the NBA.

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