Chicago Bulls Beat Boston Celtics to Take 2-Game Lead

"Obviously our world is kind of revolved around basketball, but like I said who cares about basketball when something like that happens?"

Retired All-Star Kevin Garnett said he thinks Thomas will be better for having gone through this.

The Celtics embraced the concept of Playoff Rondo for five postseason runs in Boston, but this time around, they're trying to figure out a way to stop it.

Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas plans to play Tuesday night in Game 2 of the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Chicago Bulls as he continues to mourn from a family tragedy.

Griffin put up 24 points, Paul had a double-double consisting of 21 points and 10 assists, while Jordan scored 18 points and collected 15 rebounds.

The Bulls used several quick spurts to control the game, the last one the 10-0 burst that built a 19-point lead in the fourth quarter. It appeared as if Boston was well on its way to tying up the first-round series, but then Rondo was able to pull the momentum into Chicago's favor. Before Tuesday's Game 2, Celtics coach Brad Stevens admitted it has been quiet around the Celtics lately, in part because of Thomas' situation. "I thought his pace was terrific. As far as the defense goes I feel we played better at time... we still need to get better as a group".

"He's going to go home [Wednesday] to Seattle and then he'll rejoin us in Chicago", Stevens said.

Isaiah Thomas followed his 33-point outing in Game 1 with 20 points.

"They made more 3s by halftime than they did in the whole game in Game 1", Bucks coach Jason Kidd said.

The Raptors went down in game one, but Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan ensured Toronto levelled the series. Those fans booed their team on more than one occasion Tuesday, including as the final seconds ticked off. Last year, he was allowed to miss a game to be at the bedside of Andrew Smith, who played for Stevens at Butler. If the other team - especially an underdog - can realize you're giving up, it only serves to make them more confident. "We knew their stuff, just like they knew ours". After stealing Game 1 over LeBron James and the Cavs, those Bulls were obliterated 38-18 in the first quarter a couple of nights later. Isaiah Thomas's status of whether he'll play Game 2 is still unknown.

The first half was defined by the triumphant return of playoff Rondo, as Rajon picked apart his former team on both ends. He's calling out sets.

"He's trying his best to compartmentalize when he's here to work on what he needs to work on, but I'm sure that's hard", Stevens said. I mean, I think we all do. "He's a veteran, he knows how to win and he's doing a good job of leading those guys".

Fans and players around the league have been rallying around Thomas.

  • Julie Sanders