Thursday, 27 April, 2017

NBA Playoff Odds Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics Game 2 Start Time

Boston Celtics Avery Bradley battles Chicago Bulls Jimmy Butler for a rebound during the second quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game Sunday NBA star Isaiah Thomas' sister killed in car accident
Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 19:42

"We were so locked in all week", Butler said. "That's where your confidence always comes from".

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.

Bobby Portis scored 19 points off the bench and Robin Lopez had 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for Chicago.

Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points for Boston.

Although Chicago has a 2-0 lead, the series is far from over. But Paul Zipser picked up the slack in Game 2, scoring 16 points in 29 minutes.

Given the tragedy Thomas suffered before Game 1 it's testament to the guard's fortitude that he is even playing this series.

It may take a lineup change, but the Celtics need to play quicker defense and find patience on the offensive side of the ball.

It's going to be hard for the Celtics to get outrebounded as bad as they did on Sunday. Last year, he was allowed to miss a game to be at the bedside of Andrew Smith, who played for Stevens at Butler.

The Warriors also list Shaun Livingston as questionable for Game 2 with a sprained right index finger and bruised hand, while forward Matt Barnes is questionable with a sprained right ankle and foot.

The Celtics have failed to get past the first round in their past three playoff appearances, and are 3-6 SU in their past nine home playoff matchups. Isaiah to me is like family.

"I could hear Rondo, 'Yeah, they gave up". "When we played against Boston back in the day, he knew all the plays".

The Chicago Bulls are proving us wrong and they're enjoying it. Those numbers helped Chicago open up a 12-point lead during the first period. Now hold a 22-rebound advantage through two games of the series.

Bradley Beal scored 22 points and Markieff Morris had 21 points for the Wizards, who finished the regular season 49-33 and entered the play-offs as the No. 4 seed after not qualifying previous year. Have failed to score 100 points in three of their last four postseason games dating back to a year ago.

"That hate is that respect", Wade said.

Again, this isn't to pin the Celtics' deficit on IT - Boston has bigger problems than their best player's awful defense. "One thing I learned about this team is through adverse situations, this team sticks together".

Guard Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics will fly to Tacoma, Wash., on Wednesday to join his grieving family following the death of his younger sister.