Rajon Rondo looked solid in 27 minutes of work, with 12 points and six assists to his credit, but he'll have to stay out of foul trouble, as he racked up five personal fouls in Game 1.
"It's key when you have a point guard like him that controls the whole game - you've just got to play", said Dwyane Wade, who had 22 points, eight of them coming in a 10-0 spurt that put away Game 2.
Given the Bulls' inconsistency this season, there is still some hope for the Celtics, but the first step toward getting back into the series is entering Game 3 with a better mindset than they left Game 2 with.
The Celtics were outhustled in the offensive glass in both games, and fell behind by double digits early in Game 2.
Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) walks past the Chicago Bulls as they huddle during the second quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
The 28-year-old star's status for Game 2 was up in the air, following the death of his sister, Chyna Thomas, 22, in a tragic vehicle crash on April 15.
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On seventeen, Rose missed a putt and opened the door for Garcia, who had now tied things up as the two headed to the 18 tee. Obviously, this is something I wanted to do for a long time, but it never felt like a horror movie.
Police said Chyna Thomas died at the scene of the accident around 5:00 am Saturday in Federal Way, Washington, located 35 kilometres (22 miles) south of Seattle. He scored 20 points but made just six of 15 shots from the floor, missed six of his 13 free-throw attempts and had five turnovers. "It helps at the same time I knew the circumstances of what my team needed from me". Stevens says that after services for Thomas' sister, the star guard intends to rejoin the team Friday for Game 3 in Chicago. But not so fast, just take a deep breath and relax, as this is only the first game of the series.
Thomas played very well in Game 1, and one expects him to come out with a fury in Game 2 as well.
Speaking during Cleveland's shootaround ahead of their Game 2 against IN on Monday, James expressed sympathy for Thomas's situation. "This was hard", said Celtics centre Al Horford.
Chicago also pulled down 20 offensive rebounds and converted 23 second-chance points to Boston's 15.
After all, the Bulls finished the season with an underwhelming 41-41 record. Whatever the answer is, Stevens must find it before Game 3. As Bradley told reporters following the game, they can't continue this series with their heads down. Bobby Portis added 19 points, nine rebounds and a pair of blocks off the bench. "The best teams overcome any type of adversity".