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The Boston Celtics are linked to Jimmy Butler in trade speculation and get an upclose look at the Chicago Bulls guard Thursday night at the United Center.

The Celtics are coming off a 116-108 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday night at TD Garden. Whether the Celtics get Butler or not, they have their sights set squarely on the top spot in the Eastern Conf, Which is held by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics are 2 1/2 games behind Cleveland.

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The Bulls are coming off a 105-94 victory Tuesday night at home against the Toronto Raptors, whom they’ve defeated 11 straight times. Butler whos battling a sore heel, led the way with 19 points and 12 assists, including 15-19 from the charity stripe on a night he was 2-10 from the FG.

The victory ended a 3 game losing streak for Chicago, which went 2-4 on a six-game road trip and fell to 7th place in the East standing. The Bulls cling to one of the last two playoff spots and find themselves surrounded by trade rumors involving Butler, power forward Taj Gibson and center Robin Lopez among others.

The Bulls have played the past three games without rookie Paul Zipser (ankle sprain) and the past two games without starting shooting guard Dwyane Wade (wrist) and reserve forward Nikola Mirotic (back spasms). Wade was able to get through half of practice Wednesday, while Mirotic participated in full. Both are questionable for the game tonight.

Chicago must defend Boston guard Isaiah Thomas, who averages 29.9 points. Thomas poured in 33 points against the 76ers to tie Hall of Famer John Havlicek for the most consecutive games scoring at least 20 points in franchise history (40).