No lineup changes for either Bulls or Celtics in Game 4


CHICAGO -- It's a given the Chicago Bulls will make some adjustments heading into tonight's Game 4 matchup against the Boston Celtics, but a tweak to the starting lineup won't be one of them.
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed that his starting lineup will be the same as it was in Game 3, with Jerian Grant filling in at point guard in place of the injured Rajon Rondo.
In Boston's 104-87 Game 3 victory, Grant had six points on 2-for-5 shooting with zero assists and four turnovers. His struggles prompted many to assume Hoiberg would seriously consider making a lineup change.
"Jerian has some experience. We had a long film session yesterday," Hoiberg said. "Had a good session on the floor."
Hoiberg added: "Jerian has been the guy that has filled in for us starting when things have happened for us this year. The biggest thing obviously, is we have to get out to a good start."
Boston began Game 3 with a 14-4 run and closed out the first quarter with a decisive 33-15 lead. For the last three quarters of play, it was a relatively even-played game.
"We'll give him the start and see how things go," Stevens said.
The Celtics will also stick to their Game 3 starting lineup, which included a backcourt of Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley, with Gerald Green, Jae Crowder and Al Horford in the frontcourt.
Green, who had eight points in his first start of the season, was inserted to help better space the floor for himself as well as his teammates.
The move worked as well as the Celtics could have expected, as they drained 17 3-pointers, the second-most in playoff franchise history, and the most 3-point makes by any team in the playoffs this year.
But Celtics coach Brad Stevens knows his team still has ground to make up in this series, one in which they trail 2-1.
"They're still up 2-1 and that [Game 3] could have gone either way," Stevens said. "We played well in the first [quarter] and well in the third. But they've given us a lot of fits. We're going to have to play better today to win; our guys know that. Guys are engaged, ready from a preparation standpoint."

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