Bulls beat Celtics - again

Former Celtic Rajon Rondo contributed 11 assists and was one rebound away from a triple-double as the Bulls pulled away in the final moments of the game. 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.

Boston made pushes to keep the score close until a combination of Butler, Rondo, Robin Lopez and a vintage flurry of unexpected 3s from Dwyane Wade were too much for Isaiah Thomas to keep up with.

Or you could look at the rebound disparity between the two teams in the first two games of the series: Chicago center Robin Lopez has always been one of the most influential offensive rebounders in the National Basketball Association, if not the single best, for years, but Lopez against the Celtics' bigs has created a comically lopsided matchup.

After a better start by the Celtics, a familiar theme started to take hold as the Bulls took control by again dominating on the offensive glass.

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas made an emotional return to the court on Sunday, a day after his sister Chyna had been killed in a vehicle crash.

According to head coach Brad Stevens, Thomas is expected to play in Game 2 tonight and then fly home to Washington for his sister's funeral and to be with his family. We played against Boston back in the day, Rondo knew all the plays.

Coach Stevens said on the post-game interview that it doesn't surprise him how Thomas was still locked in on the game despite his loss.

Given the tragedy Thomas suffered before Game 1 it's testament to the guard's fortitude that he is even playing this series. He paced Boston with 33 points. "Take it one game at a time and try to get Game 3".

Fans were in the middle on whether they wanted the team to make the playoffs.

Jae Crowder led Boston with eight rebounds yesterday and he plays small forward for them.

After the game, the Celtics' Avery Bradley said Rondo was calling them out near the end of the game.

The Bulls are 5-2 SU and 7-0 ATS in their past seven games when pegged as an underdog of five or more points, with four of those outright victories coming on the road. I think he took a lot of pride in that role to be the leader of that young group.

Although Chicago has a 2-0 lead, the series is far from over. "I thought our half-court defense was pretty good besides (the fact that) it seemed like, if they put up a shot and missed, they got the ball and put the ball back in the basket".

  • Julie Sanders