Talkin' Bulls Playoff Live First Round Game 3 Celtics @ Bulls

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First Round Divisional Playoff Game 3: Celtics (2) (1-1) at. Bulls (7) (1-1)
Game Time - 7:00 pm CT
Coverage - TV: TNT, Comcast SportsNet Chicago - Radio: ESPN 1000
Location - United Center, Chicago, Ill.

First of all, kudos to Neil for the Talkin' Live format --it's great.

More importantly, welcome to the show. The Baby Bulls have finally grown up right in front of our eyes.

The Bulls stole home-court advantage from the defending World Champions with a dramatic OT win on Saturday afternoon and played right down to the wire at the Boston Garden in Monday's loss.

Optimism has to be surging in the Windy City. And why shouldn't it be? The Bulls are 14-2 since John Paxon sent Drew Gooden and spare parts for John Salmons and Brad Miller. Meanwhile, Derrek Rose has finally blossomed on the sport's biggest stage while Joakim Noah has matured into a reliable defender down the stretch run.

So it all comes down to this:

Mark these words. The winner of tonight's contest will control the rest of this series and move on to the next round. Coach Vinny must make good use of his timeouts and rest his A-team appropriately.

The Bulls have not yet seen the real Ray Allen and there is a good chance that he will make an appearance tonight. That said, the Celtics will be without Garnett and Powe for the rest of this season and if there was ever a time to face Boston, this is it.

Lets go Bulls!