Game 3 is Thursday night in Milwaukee.
"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. "That's where your confidence always comes from".
The Chicago Bulls powered past the Boston Celtics 111-97 Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead over the Eastern Conference top seeds in their National Basketball Association playoff series, while the Toronto Raptors avoided falling into an 0-2 hole. Jimmy Butler, who averaged just under 24 points per game during the regular season, scored 30 points.
BOSTON (AP) Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas says the days since his younger sister was killed in a auto crash have been the hardest of his life.
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Rondo had 11 points and 14 assists on a night when all five Bulls starters reached double figures. Thomas has been able to exploit the brief mismatch before his defender recovers for the screen at times, but when he's held in check for a couple seconds, Chicago's defence gets back in place. Not since the 1993 NBA Finals have the Bulls won the first two games of a playoff series on the road, so this represents a post-Michael Jordan-era high point. "Tonight, our job was easy. I just knew that he wasn't going to be satisfied with the way he played in the first game". "I try to lock in and do what I can for my team". "You get three or four days of prep on a team, lock into their gameplan. But I know the other 21.5 hours have been tough", said Stevens. "Our spirit was great, and I think it just carried over into the first quarter, with everybody being aggressive". After two game, all of that looks woefully misguided as all of the top seeds in the conference look beatable.
A day after Celtics guard Avery Bradley heard Rajon Rondo suggesting to his Bulls teammates that Boston "gave up" during Game 2, Stevens said the challenge for him is keeping his team upbeat despite an 0-2 hole. One thing we've learned over the years, never underestimate the ability of Gregg Popovich to come up with a winning game plan. The Bulls didn't trail in the second half, using a 10-0 scoring run to build a 19-point lead in the fourth quarter on the way to a convincing win.
Lopez was 8-of-11 from the floor, most of it from outside, and he also grabbed eight boards.
Celtics' Isaiah Thomas, who flew to Tacoma, Washington, yesterday to attend the funeral of his younger sister, Chyna, who was killed in a auto crash, scored 20 points but was just six of 15 from the floor, including one of five from three-point range.
Thomas missed six of his 13 free-throws, had two assists and committed five turnovers.