'Playoff Rondo' delivers for Bulls with near triple-double in Game 2

22 April, 2017, 00:04 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • 'Playoff Rondo' delivers for Bulls with near triple-double in Game 2

Jimmy Butler had always been a workhorse, so it was no surprise that he carried the Chicago Bulls on his back on Sunday afternoon and led a gutsy 106-102 win over the Celtics in Game 1 of their series opener at the TD Garden in Boston.

Rondo, a former Celtic who won a title in Boston, narrowly missed the 11th playoff triple-double of his career with 11 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds. When the Bulls clinched the eighth and final spot in the East on the final night of the season with a 39-point win over the Nets, Rondo was in full stride.

Robin Lopez was spectacular again on the offensive glass and raining in jumpers, as he finished with 18 points.

The series goes back to Chicago's United Center on Friday with Bulls surely now starting to believe they can become the sixth eighth-seeded in National Basketball Association history to knock off a No 1.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Thomas will fly to his home state of Washington after the game to help complete funeral arrangements for his sister, Chyna Thomas, who was killed in a auto crash Saturday outside Tacoma, Wash.

Chyna Thomas died Saturday morning in a tragic auto accident, near Tacoma, Washington. Following an embarrassing Game 2 loss to the Chicago Bulls, the Boston Celtics young head coach must find a way to rejuvenate his team. "It helps at the same time I knew the circumstances of what my team needed from me".

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The Bulls answered several runs by the Celtics in the second half when they had closed to within single-digit deficits.

"I thought he was the key early in the game as far as getting us up the floor", added Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg. The first day of practice after we made the playoffs, we came in on Friday and they tore our butts off.

Jae Crowder led Boston with eight rebounds yesterday and he plays small forward for them. Chicago was 39-of-91 from the field, but more importantly 20-of-23 at the free-throw line. "You have to continue to be positive and go out there and play hard no matter what the outcome is".

Said Rondo: "For the playoffs, for me in particular, you get a couple extra days of rest for the body". Not to say our teammates aren't going to support us as well, but we're family so it's different.

NOTES: The Bulls are 14-9 against the top eight teams in the league, 13-12 against the bottom nine. Khris Middleton added 20 points for Milwaukee, who will seek to regain the series edge when they host game three on Thursday.

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