The Bulls try to take a stranglehold of this best-of-7 first-round series when Game 2 resumes Tuesday night (Wednesday AM in Manila) at the TD Garden. The Celtics studied more than their normal amount of film in an effort to keep the Bulls from cleaning the offensive glass.
Isaiah Thomas played with a heavy heart Sunday, scoring 33 points in a 102-106 National Basketball Association playoff loss to the Chicago Bulls just one day after his younger sister was killed in a vehicle crash.
The All-Star point guard wound up playing in both games, but is expected to head to Washington state after Tuesday night's game to be with his family and help complete funeral arrangements for his sister.
There may not be another line of work that couldn't wait at least a day or two for Thomas to overcome the grief of losing his kid sister in a vehicle crash the day before the playoffs began.
"I think the biggest thing is, they really care about each other", coach Brad Stevens said Monday.
The Bulls will also have to find a way to limit Isaiah Thomas' free throw attempts, as he took 12 total shots from the charity stripe in the game.
Butler scored 23 points in the second half and finished with nine rebounds as the Bulls dominated the boards, ending up with a 53-36 advantage.
Game 3 is in Chicago on Friday night as the Celtics face the possibility of not playing in front of their home fans again this season. So, it's key when you have a point guard like him that controls the whole game. His scoring provided the Bulls with exactly what they needed from their bench, and they've now gotten it one way or another during each of the first two games of the series.
"We have to play hard no matter what", Bradley said. "It's one game at a time, one possession at a time".
I'm sure I'm leaving someone out, " Wade said. We have the unit to go to Chicago and take Game 3. Boston also continues to struggle at the sportsbooks, covering in just three of its past 10 outings and recording back-to-back wins against the spread just once in its past 14 games. I wouldn't be in this position unless my teammates did what those guys did last game--Bobby Portis made some big plays, (Jerian) Grant made big plays.
Lowry, who scored just four points in the Raptor's series-opening defeat, added 22 points and delivered a clinching jump shot over Bucks rookie Malcolm Brogdon.