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Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 19:29

"They're not a No. 1 seed for no reason". Heading into the game the Bulls have of had the goal of expanding their lead in the series. Stevens added no funeral services have been arranged for Thomas' sister yet, and that the plan is for Thomas to rejoin the team Friday in Chicago for Game 3. The Cleveland Cavaliers snagged Deron Williams.

Boston, a city with a flair for playoff comebacks, now needs another. If the Bulls do finish off the Celtics, it'll be an upset but nothing like the 2007 when the Baron Davis-led Warriors upended Dirk Nowitzki and the top-seeded Mavericks. They could have gotten Ibaka or Taj Gibson, two forwards that would have been massive upgrades on Amir Johnson and helped solve Boston's rebounding issues.

The 24-year-old Oladipo, who played collegiately at IN, is trying to keep it simple IN the first playoff appearances of his career.

With six minutes remaining the Bucks had cut the lead to five, and Toronto led by just one after Milwaukee's rising star Giannis Antetokounmpo's layup with 2:46 to play.

There was a big flare-up in January when Wade and Butler teed off on the team following a loss.

"One thing I learned about this team is through adverse situations, this team sticks together", Wade said.

"I don't know what it is". I don't even feel it's a sure thing that the Bulls will win the series. "I'm not the one that they usually contact; usually they contact the front office". "Who can make the best adjustments the quickest, the fastest?" Bobby Portis also put up 19 points, grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out three assists in Game 1, and Paul Zipser finished Game 2 with 16 points.

Wade, who scored 22 points in Game 2, had nothing but strong praise for Rondo in his postgame presser, even saying that he once hated going up against Rondo because of how smart and fiery he is.

Crowder said the first two games of this series hasn't been a reflection on how Boston can play.

The Chicago Bulls regular season struggles were well documented this season, but the veteran team just might be built for a playoff run. Will the Celtics re-sign Kelly Olynyk or extend Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley?

So far, Boston hasn't had any luck against its former captain, and that's why it is down two games in the series.

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas released a heartfelt statement Wednesday following the tragic vehicle death of his younger sister last weekend. Rondo was also suspended for a game by the team earlier in the year, and he was in and out of the rotation this season. The All-Star guard says the pain he is feeling "is impossible to put into words", though he expressed gratitude to his fans, the city of Boston, the Celtics organization and the National Basketball Association community.

Smart appeared to give a fan the middle finger after missing a 3-pointer with the Bulls up by 14 points.

He was much better in Game 2, going 6 for 12, including 2 of 5 from long range.

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.

The second game started off on the wrong foot for the Bulls, as they found themselves in a quick 7-0 hole, but the team responded quickly, retaking the lead and never relinquishing it, despite the Celtics pulling close in a few tense instances. Of course, there was the infamous spat Rondo had with Wade and Butler where he questioned their leadership skills and effort in a post on his Instagram account.