AP Photo/Getty Images Old friend Tom Thibodeau has Doc Rivers and the Celtics chasing his Bulls.
Old friend Tom Thibodeau has Doc Rivers and the Celtics chasing his Bulls.The Celtics visit the Bulls in a battle between the top two teams in the East. In this week's Hot Button poll, we ask which contender has more at stake on Thursday?
--FORSBERG: CELTICS CAN'T LET 2-SEED SLIP AWAY--
And don't discount Boston's desire to win the season series. The Celtics wouldn't mind atoning for a putrid effort on the second night of a back-to-back in Chicago in January. Seeing old friends like Tom Thibodeau and Brian Scalabrine always provides a little motivation -- just as seeing Joakim Noah ought to give Kevin Garnett a spark and Rajon Rondo will be a little extra amped to match up with Derrick Rose.
--GREENBERG: BULLS NEED WIN FOR PLAYOFF MOMENTUM--
It sounds like coachspeak when Derrick Rose talks about a 97-94 win over Phoenix like a loss, but he isn't humble in the way some might think. Rose is cold-blooded when it comes to basketball and he's thinking about a championship and what it takes to get there. He can see the slippage on defense lately, the blips in intensity.
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