Rajon Rondo carries Bulls in Game 2

The first quarter was also vital. "You have to continue to be positive and go out there and play hard, no matter what the outcome is".

Olynyk missed an alley-oop that the Celtics probably shouldn't have thrown.

There's still lingering questions to answer about how a team was so inconsistent, so dysfunctional during the regular season, and was now moving closer to history by becoming just the sixth No. 8 seed to knock off a No. 1 seed.

Rondo finished with 14 assists, tying a Bulls franchise record for a postseason game, a record shared by several players, including Jordan. Olynyk is good when he's aggressive, but when he looks like a deer in the headlights like last night, he's nearly unplayable.

Durant shot 12 for 20, showing no issues with a recent left knee injury that sidelined him 19 games before he returned for the final three regular-season contests with the NBA-best Warriors.

"We just wanted to be aggressive", Chris Paul said after the game. Although the margin was more or less 10 for most of the game, it never seemed in question, or that the Celtics would make a run long enough to take a substantial lead.

To keep up to date on Boston Celtics player news and roster moves, keep it locked here at Chowder and Champions. It's going to be exciting so don't miss a single second of the game. Lopez consistently found himself utilized as a release valve on pick-and-pops, and he buried Boston with jumper after jumper, particularly in the first half.

The Jazz had snatched a 97-95 game-one victory in Los Angeles despite losing star center Rudy Gobert in the opening seconds. Now obviously when we've got Niko in there as a floor spacer, Jimmy (Butler)'s been shooting the ball well, getting Dwyane (Wade) back - you know, we hadn't played a lot of games together really since Dwyane had the injury and Rajon was inserted back in that starting lineup.

Lowry scored just four points in Saturday's Game 1 loss, missing all six of his 3-point attempts. Crowder pulled down eight rebounds in the contest.

Lopez outplaying guys like Kelly Olynyk or Amir Johnson isn't completely shocking, but Al Horford has no excuse for his no-show Tuesday. His normal array of shots just wasn't falling and he had a couple rim out.

Horford was quiet early but came along as the game continued. Butler scored 10 straight points to put the Bulls back in front early in the fourth, the first of three lead changes in the fourth quarter. He made timely shots, dunks, and passes.

Robin Lopez is a mad man: Al Horford can not contain Robin Lopez. Coach Brad Stevens spoke with Mass Live about how much they value Isaiah and want to be there for his family in their time of need.

Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg lauded his team's defensive effort, particularly how it outrebounded Boston 53-36.

The Bulls had a 28-20 first half rebounding edge with a 32-20 points in the paint edge.

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