CHICAGO AT BOSTON
Friday, 5 p.m. PST. TV: ESPN
I'm skipping Thursday's ballyhooed return of LeBron James to Cleveland on principle — what, you've never seen anyone get booed? — even if the game itself could be good with his old supporting cast, which goes all-out for new Coach Byron Scott, psyched to the gills.
I prefer a matchup based on basketball appeal, which the Celtics have and the Bulls bring with Derrick Rose, now rocketing into superstardom.
The Celtics are the Celtics, tough, physical and ogres on defense.
The Bulls are in transition, awaiting Carlos Boozer's return but looking promising under new Coach Tom Thibodeau, who designed the Celtics' defense.