Friday , Feb , 13 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Boston Celtics Team Report – February 13

=== Boston Celtics Team Report – February 13 ===

(Sports Network) – The Boston Celtics went into their All-Star break on a
losing note on Thursday, as they found themselves on the wrong end of a 107-87
decision against the lowly Chicago Bulls.

Chris Mihm led Boston with 14 points while Jiri Welsch added 12 for the
Celtics, who have lost eight of their last nine games. All-Star Paul Pierce
was held to just four points by Chicago on 1-of-6 shooting, tying a season

Boston fell to just 1-7 under new head coach John Carroll.

Forward Vin Baker missed his 10th consecutive game due to suspension,
triggering a clause in his contract that opens the door for the club to sever
ties with him and get out of a contract that was to pay him $35 million more
over the next two years.

The 32-year-old Baker, who missed two months and the playoffs last season
after he checked into a rehab center to treat alcoholism, failed to comply
with the terms of his aftercare program at least three times and was suspended
indefinitely back on January 23. The team has not disclosed the nature of the
violations, which could include a positive test or refusal to take a test.

The only person that can determine if he is ready to return is the doctor
overseeing his care, who was approved by both the team and Baker. However, the
agreement said that if Baker wasn’t back within 10 games, the Celtics have the
right to terminate his contract.

Boston has dropped four of five and six of eight on the road and is 12-14 away
from home this season.

The Celtics return to action on Tuesday against Sacramento.