The Celtics traveled to Chicago without Thomas, who is expected to return to play in Game 3 on Friday night. There is no reason the Celtics should be down 2-0 to the Bulls, nor should they should lose this series.
While Butler is averaging 26.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game so far this postseason, Rondo is at 11.5 points, 10.0 assists, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals per matchup. "Everybody is putting in the extra work- watching film and working on their game- and that's where your confidence always comes from", said Jimmy Butler after the game.
Even Dwyane Wade admits to being a little surprised that the eighth-seeded Chicago Bulls just won the first two games of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series in Boston against the Celtics. Of course, Boston's success was in part due to the Bulls playing without former Celtics All-Star Rajon Rondo.
Ainge said while some players on the Celtics are playing well, no one has elevated their game to the level that is needed in the playoffs.
"Tonight, our job was easy". Just go out and play.
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NBA star Isaiah Thomas' sister killed in car accident
Robin Lopez continued the tradition of physical centers abusing Horford underneath, pulling in 11 rebounds, 8 of them on offense. Niko Mirotic needs to consistently hit his shots and Bobby Portis can not pretend he has never practiced a defensive rotation.
The second-year coach was much more detailed when it came to injuries in his rookie campaign, enough so that the organization reportedly told him to start keeping injury updates as vague as possible. "I just try to lock in and.do what I can for my team". Everybody on the team knows how unlikely it is that the Bulls are in this position in the first place. As insane as it sounds, Lopez could be the key to Game 3 so the Celtics can't simply go small all night.
The Cleveland Cavaliers experienced a small scare from the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 but handled business in Game 2 and took a commanding 2-0 lead.
Nonetheless, Brad Stevens' move is still a surprising one, given the fact that Green played only 47 games throughout the regular season, including only seven with the rest of Boston's starting five. It hit the heel of the rim and bounced clear, where it was rebounded by Chicago star Jimmy Butler. The Bulls also were lured into more isolation shots given a size advantage in also going away from their inside strength with Lopez. And then there was Isaiah Thomas, who rejoined the team after spending a couple days with his family which is still mourning the death of his 22-year-old sister Chyna J. Davis who died in a one-car accident last Saturday.
Celtics: Finished with 16 turnovers, leading to 23 Chicago points.Thomas shot 7 of 13 from the free throw line. That in turn triggered a break that Jae Crowder finished off with a dunk for the Celtics' second 20-point lead (97-77) of the night.