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NBA PM: Rondo Leading an Improbable Bulls Run

20 April 2017

Chicago was not one of the top five teams in the Eastern Conference either, they wrapped up the year as the eight place team. They're just the second No. 1 seed to fall into an 0-2 hole to an eighth seed, and the first in almost a quarter-century.

MARCUS SMART of the Celtics was fined $25,000 by the National Basketball Association for making an obscene gesture in the Game 2 loss to Chicago. "That's where your confidence always comes from".

The top-seeded Celtics displayed obvious signs of frustrations in the loss that put them in an 0-2 hole as the first-round series shifts to Chicago for the next two games.

Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler scored 22 points each, leading six Bulls players in double figures. He blasted his former Celtics team on his old home floor, putting a near-triple-double on their heads with 11 points, nine rebounds, and 14 assists - the benefactor of a poor three-point shooting team that torched Boston for 40 percent shooting from deep. Thomas has been able to exploit the brief mismatch before his defender recovers for the screen at times, but when he's held in check for a couple seconds, Chicago's defence gets back in place. They didn't pay to get a player such as Lou Williams, a proven bench scorer who would help Boston survive when Isaiah Thomas isn't on the floor. After the game, Larry Bird of the Celtics said: "I didn't think anyone was capable of doing what Michael has done to us". "I'm not the one that they usually contact; usually they contact the front office".

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"I just stayed in the gym and worked", Rondo said. "But I know the other 21.5 hours have been tough", said Stevens.

"It was a team effort in just trying to show him a lot of bodies", he said. It's a fairly good indicator of how engaged the Celtics are on a game-to-game basis.

Those fans booed their team on more than one occasion on Tuesday, including a loud chorus of jeers as the final seconds ticked off. Not to pile on Celtics fans, but for all the excitement of a young team grabbing that seed we're not talking about a juggernaut. "Take it one game at a time and try to get Game Three". The Bulls, post-All-Star break (and post-Taj Gibson trade), ranked in the back half of the league in offensive rebound percentage.

Celtics star Isaiah Thomas has released a statement on Wednesday, days after his little sister, Chyna, died in a auto accident. Wade and Butler were beyond incensed after blowing a 10-point lead in the last 3 minutes, making subtle and pointed comments about teammates not being focused enough on winning.