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Five Things to Watch: Bulls host Celtics in Game 3 tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Bulls host Celtics in Game 3 tonight on CSN

Watch as the Bulls take on the Boston Celtics tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live. And be sure to stick around after the final buzzer to watch Bulls Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Stay hot at home. Yes, the Bulls took care of business in Boston in ways they didn’t even think possible, according to Dwyane Wade. But they still need to grab one of these games at home. The good news is the Bulls had won six of seven to finish out the regular season. That means something, especially in a playoff game where they’re favored over the top-seeded Celtics.

2. Beware a team in desperation. The Bulls have outclassed the Celtics for the first two games of the series and they look like the far-and-away better team right now. But just as the Bulls would have come out with some fire if they were trailed 2-0, the Celtics will be ready. They know a 3-0 deficit would be a death sentence, and there’s too much talent here for them to go down quietly.

3. The Jimmy Butler Show. It’s going to be a thing to watch every game this series. It can’t be overstated how much Jimmy Butler has meant to this Bulls team. He’s the best player in this series and is the reason the Bulls have stolen the first two games of this series. There’s not a whole lot to analyze here: sit back, relax, and enjoy watching Butler dominate for 48 minutes.

4. Robin Lopez owning the paint. One could argue Robin Lopez has been the second best player for the Bulls, and with the Celtics perhaps going with a small-ball lineup in Game 3 to space the floor offensively, it could open up even more rebounding lanes for Lopez. As crazy as it sounds, Lopez could be the key to Game 3 so the Celtics can’t simply go small all night.

5. Rajon Rondo Revenge Tour. Don’t be surprised to see Rondo nab a triple-double tonight. Dude is all sorts of locked in and the Celtics have no real answer for him, unless they put Avery Bradley on him. In that case, Dwyane Wade would have freedom to go up against Isaiah Thomas. Instead, expect Rondo to keep getting in the paint at will and find open shooters and cutters. Brad Stevens’ adjustment to Rondo’s playmaking will dictate how the series goes.

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls take on Suns

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls take on Suns

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Bulls take on the Phoenix Suns Sunday on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live.

1. Something's got to give

What's the opposite of an unstoppable force vs. an immovable object? That's what we'll be looking at when the Bulls have the ball in their hands. Chicago ranks dead last in offensive efficiency, while the Suns have the 2nd worst defensive efficiency in the NBA. That means the Bulls, after scoring a season-high 123 points against the Hornets, can build on that momentum against a Suns defense that allowed 90 points in the FIRST HALF to the Rockets on Thursday.

2. Kris Dunn for real?

Fresh off the best game of his young career - he scored 22 points in a win over the Hornets on Friday - Kris Dunn continues to look like the best point guard on the Bulls roster. He's going through a really solid stretch right now, averaging 13.2 points on 47 percent shooting, 4.2 assists and 2.6 steals over his last four games. With Eric Bledsoe out of Phoenix, Dunn could be in line for another big game going up against Mike James and Tyler Ulis, regardless of whether or not he starts over Jerian Grant.

3. Watch out for Devin Booker

We'll try to get an opponent in here once for every tune-in, and Devin Booker certainly fits the bill. Much like Dunn is doing, Booker is on quite a roll these days. Over his last four games Booker is averaging 30.5 points on 51 percent shooting, 4.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists. The Bulls will need to keep their eyes on Booker at all times, especially after allowing Kemba Walker to go off for 47 points on Friday.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Will Kris Dunn build off career night?

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Will Kris Dunn build off career night?

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Kevin Anderson react to a breakout game from Kris Dunn against the Hornets Friday night. They’ll discuss his development and how it impacts rookie Lauri Markkanen. Plus just how long will both the Wolves and Bulls be judged on the Jimmy Butler trade? Is Dwight Howard a hall of famer? And a new era in Philly with Simmons and Embiid. That and more on this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast.