Rajon Rondo finished one rebound shy of the first postseason triple-double by a Chicago Bulls player since Scottie Pippen in 1997. He almost spun a triple-double in Game 2, reviving talk of "Playoff Rondo" with 11 points, 14 assists, nine rebounds and five steals.
The Boston Celtics are playing host to the Chicago Bulls tonight in Game 2 of the NBA Playoffs. The Celtics studied more than their normal amount of film in an effort to keep the Bulls from cleaning the offensive glass.
The Bulls opened the best-of-seven series with a 106-102 win Sunday, on a night that could only be described as eerie after the death of Thomas's sister, Chyna, in a one-car accident in Washington.
Game 2 is a must-win for the Celtics and it will be interesting to see how the Celtics play especially Isaiah Thomas after a few days to think about the tragic loss of his sister.More news: Goffin downs Djokovic to set up possible Nadal showdown
Chyna Thomas died Saturday morning in a tragic vehicle accident, near Tacoma, Washington. No funeral date is set, and Stevens said the Celtics organization hopes to attend. Now that the Celtics know what Portis is capable of, it will be hard for him to have a duplicate performance in Game 2.
After getting thoroughly pushed around underneath in Game 1, the Celtics grabbed the first four rebounds of the night while scoring the game's first seven points.
There aren't many players in the National Basketball Association who can do what Bulls star Jimmy Butler does.
But the Celtics were outrebounded 43-38 and shot 10-for-33 from 3-point range. We played against Boston back in the day, Rondo knew all the plays. "So either after the game [Tuesday] night or Wednesday morning". It gives them a different look; it kind of throws off things.More news: Chicago Bears to open season at home against Atlanta Falcons
Butler had a huge block on Isaiah Thomas' lay-up, spiking it away like he was at a volleyball game, making Thomas fall on his back in the process. When Horford signed with the Celtics this offseason fans were excited because he brought with him playoff experience, especially after the first round, which the team was lacking for most of their players. Not to say our teammates aren't going to support us as well, but we're family so it's different.
No 6 seed Milwaukee were led once again by the athleticism of Giannis Antetokounmpo - who had 24 points and 15 rebounds - but were undone late on as Malcolm Brogdon and Matthew Dellavedova both missed open threes in the final two minutes.
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