Boston stood pat. It watched DeMarcus Cousins get traded to the New Orleans Pelicans for what was roundly considered a below-market offer but didn't make a move for him. Performances like this are what the Bulls will need to knock off the Celtics. Thomas, in his sixth season, grew up in Tacoma, Washington, and starred at the University of Washington. Those 53 wins, this year, would get you fourth in the West and within two games of fifth, not to mention that - as has seemed to be the case for 20 years now - the West is in general a lot stronger top to bottom.
And that has all the makings of a season that held such promise just a week ago, has now become one in which this season's Boston Celtics will be seen as one of the most over-rated teams in playoff history - the kind of mark Boston has no interest in making in the league.
Game 4: Clippers at Jazz, 6 p.m. The players know all too well how much they are under performing right now, and hopefully game two was a nice lesson on how not to try and improve. "He knows how good we can be as a team". I think that's all we have.
"I could hear Rondo, 'Yeah, they gave up". What a difference a month makes. Rondo, who spent 8 years in Boston to begin his career and also won a championship there in 2008, nearly notched a triple-double at TD Garden in Game 2.
The Bulls scored 14 fast break points in Game 2 and shot 51.1 percent from the floor. Their 20 year-old point guard, Magic Johnson. Be it, Dwyane Wade's 22pts, Robin Lopez's 18 pts and 8 reb or Paul Zipser's 16 points on 6 of 8 shooting in 29 minutes, contributions were everywhere.
Boston has struggled to control the boards all season, and it's one reason it may go home for the summer earlier than anyone expected. Tonight I wasn't able to get into a rhythm offensively.
"We've obviously moved past what happened", Hoiberg said. Game 3 will be different from the first two games of the series.
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While both the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers avoided their second straight defeats at home on Tuesday, the Celtics were again unable to solve Chicago.
The Bulls registered an offensive rating of 114.3 in Game 1 and followed that up with a 120.8 rating in Game 2.
Fizdale blasted the officiating in a almost two-minute tirade during his postgame interview Monday night, calling the work of veteran crew Danny Crawford, Rodney Mott and Bill Spooner "unprofessional" and "unacceptable" before slamming his fist on a table and storming off.
"It would have been hard to criticize Isaiah Thomas if he had chosen to sit out Game 1 of the playoffs against the Chicago Bulls, but that was not an option for the 5′ 9" guard for the Celtics.
Butler also posted eight rebounds and eight assists.
Bulls beat top-seeded Celtics to take 2-0 series lead BOSTON - Jimmy Butler scored 22 points, Rajon Rondo finished one rebound shy of a triple-double and the Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 111-97 on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their series against the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.