Celtics ready for next challenge after tough Bulls series

With a playoff format that drags the postseason out for more than two months, with playoff series taking as long as two weeks, the second season feels like just that.

The Boston Celtics hit their extremes in a baffling way against the Chicago Bulls.

The top-seeded Celtics simply torched the Bulls to finish off a tougher-than-anticipated series and advance in the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

Wall scored 20 points in the first half and finished with 42 points, while Beal had 17 in the first half and finished with 31 points. For the first time in the series the Celtics looked dominant, like a team poised to contend with the Cavaliers for supremacy in the East. "We were all smiling, having fun, and that's what it's supposed to be".

Rondo signed a two-year, US$27 million (AU$35 million) contract last summer but only US$3 million (AU$3.9 million) of his 2017-18 salary will be guaranteed if the Bulls release the point guard before June 30.

Wiz close it out: John Wall got it done vs. the Hawks.

For a couple games, it looked like they might nail the landing. The Celtics made their first three 3-pointers and blasted Chicago from there. Things got so lopsided that Thomas gathered his teammates near the baseline late in the quarter and screamed: "That's a wrap for these (expletives)!"

The dynamic duo completed the series with 332 of the team's 640 total points in six games - 52 per cent of Washington's offense. Wall also had eight assists.

"I thought we were competing", Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. They went 54-33-1 against the over/under overall and 28-15 as a visiting team. "He's obviously got some soreness, but Jimmy's going to fight through it", Hoiberg said before Friday's game.

"We can only pray that the recipients will see life through Chyna's free-spirited eyes", it said. Stopping one of the game's best scorers is no easy task, but the Wizards had success against Thomas this season. He'll have another short turnaround to get ready for Sunday's second-round matchup against the Celtics. They're efforts earned them a date with the Wizards in the second round.

So much of the work fell to Butler on a nightly basis, who shouldered the burden (albeit with the occasional complaint) tirelessly while recording his best season yet.

"Bigger things than basketball happened, and that took precedent and it takes precdedent", he said. They will now face each other. "They were just a great support network for one another, and especially for Isaiah".

To me, Phil Chenier is and always has been a broadcaster, Wes Unseld was a general manager who drafted God Shammgod and deep playoff runs are something other teams do. He has been among the best on-the-ball defenders for years, but he really took it to another level in the Bulls series. High scoring, up-tempo team that plays no defense is a good recipe for overs and the Wizards delivered there.

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  • Julie Sanders