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NBA Playoffs First Round: Bulls 111-97 Celtics

Isaiah Thomas to play Game 2 then fly to sister's funeral NBA Playoffs First Round: Bulls 111-97 Celtics
Kristopher Love | 20 April, 2017, 06:54

Serge Ibaka added 16 points for Toronto, Cory Joseph had 11 and Jonas Valanciunas added 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Former Celtics guard Rajon Rondo ran the show for the Bulls and came just shy of an 11th career playoff triple-double - finishing with 11 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds as well as five steals and two blocks.

"Jae said it best, that's all we have. And that's where your confidence always comes from". The Bulls had control of the game by dominating on the offensive glass, beating the Celtics in rebounds 43-38.

That's right. Rondo and MJ are the only two Chicago players to have such a game over the last 30 years.

Speaking during Cleveland's shootaround ahead of their Game 2 against IN on Monday, James expressed sympathy for Thomas's situation.

TORONTO - Kyle Lowry scored 22 points, including the clinching basket with less than 10 seconds to play, as Toronto beat Milwaukee, evening their first-round playoff series at 1-1. Chicago was 39-of-91 from the field, but more importantly 20-of-23 at the free-throw line.

The Jazz had snatched a 97-95 game-one victory in Los Angeles despite losing star center Rudy Gobert in the opening seconds. I could even hear (Rajon) rondo like, 'Yeah, they gave up. We played against Boston back in the day, Rondo knew all the plays. They should win this series and I'm hoping that they can do it in 5 games (though I'll take 6 or 7 just as gladly).

Boston's defense really had no answer for Bobby Portis and Jimmy Butler in Game 1.

Los Angeles stormed to a 12-point lead in the first quarter, reeling off the kind of dunks that earned the team's Lob City moniker years ago. Those to factors contributed greatly to the Game 2 loss.

How else do you explain Paul Zipser scoring 16 points - the majority coming off the dribble - in Tuesday's Bulls win? Home court might be less important in this series. "That's the game. That's the series", said Crowder to ESPN's Chris Forsberg.

According to head coach Brad Stevens, Thomas is expected to play in Game 2 tonight and then fly home to Washington for his sister's funeral and to be with his family. But Bradley said while the team continues to grieve for him, it can't be a distraction when they are on the court. "Or at least I haven't been told about it. Isaiah's just going back to be with his family". You're going to face a lot of adversity. Those fans booed their team on more than one occasion Tuesday, including as the final seconds ticked off.

Game 3 will be in Chicago on Friday night.