Boston's big men clearly used the beef to their advantage in Game 2. Kendrick Perkins and Glen Davis are wider and bulkier than Bulls counterparts Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas.
The Celtics crashed the boards to collect 32 second-chance points Monday. But will they be able to do the same thing in Chicago without finding foul trouble?
Perkins and Davis each had 3 fouls by halftime of Game 2, but the referees put away their whistles in the second half.
The Bulls went to the foul line just five times in the third and fourth quarters (compared to 24 in the first half), while Perkins and Davis were called for zero fouls.
Of course, the Celtics crowd also was booing every foul call against the home team, even the infractions that were obvious when replayed on the videoboard.
"The game was really physical," Noah said Wednesday at the Berto Center. "They probably got away with some things. But as a player you can't really control that. You've just got to go out there and control the things you can control as a player.
"Yeah, it's really hard not to worry about the officiating. I know I complain a lot to the officials. But at the same time it's part of the game and we've just got to control the things that we can control as players the best we can."
Noah was knocked to the floor in Game 1 by Boston backup Leon Powe, who is out for the rest of the playoff after suffering a torn ACL on Monday. Early in Game 2, John Salmons drove to the basket and took a forearm to the face from Perkins.
So the fouls can't get much rougher than they've already been. Thomas tried to even things up with a hard foul against Ray Allen in Game 2.
"At some point, they have to start getting called for some flagrants," Salmons said. "But that's playoff basketball. We're not worried about it. It is what it is."
Added Noah: "They definitely have an advantage in strength and power, but we have lot of advantages, too. Every night is a battle."
The Bulls are asking fans to wear red to all home playoff games, and the players are expecting a raucous atmosphere at the United Center for Game 3.
Bring the doughnuts: Last season when Joakim Noah was a Bulls rookie, there were some issues early in the season about him not bringing the preferred brand of doughnuts to practice. So how did the Bulls handle the traditional rookie chores with Derrick Rose?
"We didn't go hard on him at all," Noah said. "After Game 1, I just thought it was funny the next day how he was the one who was bringing me my gear and my sneakers for practice. I thought that was pretty cool.
"I turned on ESPN and they're talking about how he tied Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record and all that. That guy's still bringing my shoes in the morning - that's pretty cool."
Rose reported that he did have a problem with bringing the doughnuts early this season.
"At first I was bringing them every single day," he confessed. "Then some days I would come to practice a little bit late, so I wouldn't have them. I missed like three days straight; that was before the (November) West Coast trip.
"(His Bulls teammates) were saying they were going to take my per diem. I was like, 'That's too much money to be taking. I'll just bring the doughnuts.' Now I'm back on track."
Hinrich denies slump: Kirk Hinrich went 2-for-16 from the field over three straight games before knocking down both of his shot attempts in Monday's Game 2. He said there is nothing wrong with his shot, just a lack of good looks.
"I haven't had very many reps," Hinrich said. "I feel like I'm shooting it great in practice or when I'm getting my shots. I'll just try to stay ready. I was 100 percent (2-for-2 in Game 2).
With Derrick Rose and Ben Gordon playing so well, Hinrich has been limited to an average of 21 minutes and 4.5 shot attempts over the last four games.