Thomas and top-seeded Celtics bounce back against Bulls
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 22, 2017,
Apr 22, 2017, 20:49
According to Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg, Rondo suffered the injury during the third quarter of Game 2.
Now, they are in complete control of their first-round Eastern Conference series against the top-seeded Boston Celtics. Prior to this postseason, Chicago had not scored 100 or more points in consecutive games to begin a postseason since doing so in 2009, when it scored in triple digits in each of the first two games of its First Round series versus the Celtics (which it would go on to lose in seven games).
As tall of a task that rests ahead of the Celtics if they want to come back from their series hole, they aren't going to let that mountain consume them on Friday night.
The Celtics led by as many as 20 in the second quarter, but were up only 44-41 at halftime. During the two games, the lead guard is averaging 12 points, 10 assists, almost nine rebounds and three steals per game. "We need to put in things that are simple, try to create some confidence for those players".
Series: Bulls lead 2-0. During the first half of Game 2, Boston still had a total of ten offensive boards missed, which was one of the reasons why the Bulls had a double-digit lead at the end of the second quarter. "We had a good game plan going into it".
The Bulls announced Rondo was out indefinitely hours before they dropped Game 3 on Friday, tightening their first-round series after Chicago took the first two at Boston. We just needed to play for one another, and play for the moment which is at hand being in the playoffs and have fun with it.
Add to the fact Grant and Carter-Williams could barely get the ball upcourt and certainly couldn't be counted on making simple entry passes made for an easy win for the Celtics, who were desperate for a win. We were trying to get the game back in one shot. He said "yes", before talking about team chemistry and emphasizing that it takes time for this to happen, especially for the Bulls who had a major roster shakeup this season.
Thomas went on thank his friends, family, fans, the city of Boston, the Celtics team, and the National Basketball Association community for giving support and for respecting his privacy in this time of grief for him and his loved ones. Chicago was only 11-15 against the spread as a home favorite this year and I think Boston gets back into this series tonight.
Butler is by far and away the Bulls' best player, and the biggest problem on offense, but Rondo orchestrated a lot of what they did.
Optimistic Bulls fans, if such a species exists, will surely point to the team's success without Rondo when he missed three games during the final week of the season with a wrist sprain.
Before Game 2's victory, Rondo, Butler and Wade - who viewed themselves as a trio who could compete in the East heading into the season - had an hour-long meeting after the team's morning shootaround to discuss play calls and strategies.