Isaiah Thomas to play Game 2, then fly to sister's funeral

Isaiah Thomas to play Game 2 then fly to sister's funeral

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.

Their output has caught up to those desires so far during the postseason.

"We were so locked in all week", said Butler, who also pulled down nine rebounds as the Bulls capitalised on their size advantage and controlled the inside. He just missed his 11th playoff triple-double, finishing with 11 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds.

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.

"We're like this", Jimmy Butler said, balling up his fist to show the team's tightness after a regular season with occasional fractures. "That's where your confidence always comes from".

The Bulls look to go up a commanding 3-0 when they host the Celtics at the United Center on Friday.

The 5ft 9in guard has been outstanding for Boston this season but was rendered ineffectual in Game 2 - finishing just six of 15 from the floor. Those numbers helped Chicago open up a 12-point lead during the first period. The loss left certain fans swearing left and right, so Boston better amp up the D if they don't want to hear any more F-bombs. The Celtics are now an alarming 2-10 in a dozen playoff games of the Thomas and Brad Stevens era.

There was nothing that prompted Hoiberg to bench Rondo in Game 2, as he sat for a grand total of just eight minutes on the night.




That changed quickly, though, as the Bulls responded with a 20-4 run.

The Celtics once again had their issues with rebounding and turnovers, and shot barely over 30% on threes. "I'm not quite sure who's in his life", James told reporters in Cleveland. He got lost in the action, playing through his grief and very likely found relief for the two hours he was out there between the lines. "When we played against Boston back in the day, he knew all the plays".

Given the tragedy Thomas suffered before Game 1 it's testament to the guard's fortitude that he is even playing this series.

Said Rondo: "For the playoffs, for me in particular, you get a couple extra days of rest for the body".

"You play the 82 games to learn a little bit about yourself", he said.

Thomas did not speak to the media afterward and will now head to Tacoma, Washington to be with his family to finalize funeral arrangements for his sister, Chyna Thomas.

Bradley says it's important now to pick Thomas up on and off the court. "You have to continue to be positive and go out there and play hard, no matter what the outcome is". How will that effect this new season for these teams is the question. Boston got outrebounded 53-36 while allowing 20 offensive boards leading to 23 second-chance points. Chicago's win also snapped the Celtics' six-game winning streak in such games.

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