Bulls' Rondo fined for attempting to trip Celtics' Crowder

About 24 hours before Game 1, Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas learned of his 22-year-old sister Chyna J. Thomas being killed in a one-car accident.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens took an opportunity on Monday to respond to Bulls counterpart Fred Hoiberg saying after Game 4 that Isaiah Thomas is hard to defend because he gets away with carrying the basketball.

The Boston Celtics-Chicago Bulls first-round playoff series now has even the coaches trading shots. "They've been everything. This organization is the best organization there is".

CHICAGO (AP) - Isaiah Thomas scored 33 points, and the Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 104-95 on Sunday to tie their first-round playoff series at 2-all. I guess (Hoiberg) is just going to continue to say it. "I just feed off what the guys give me".

It has been an emotional whirlwind for Thomas, 28, over the past eight days. So I have to figure out a way to, certain times be more aggressive than I was last game.

Thomas agreed he is just about impossible to defend, saying "not one man can guard me".




After the Bulls rallied from a 20-point deficit to pull ahead midway through the third quarter, Thomas scored or assisted on all 16 points the Celtics scored over the final 5:12 of the third as they retook the lead.

After losing the first two games of the series at home, the Boston Celtics have regained home court advantage in their first-round playoff matchup against the Chicago Bulls with two wins of their own on the road.

The NBA has fined Rajon Rondo for attempting to trip Jae Crowder from the bench in Game 3 of the Bull-Celtics series.

For James, it was his 21st consecutive first-round play-off game victory, breaking Magic Johnson's record of 20 set in the mid-1980s.

But according to Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, NBA officials are giving special treatment to Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas. "I thought they did a great job of sticking with their game plan, making tough shots offensively". While not quite as blazing hot from beyond the arc, the Celtics still drained four triples in the opening 12 minutes as they raced out to a 30-18 lead. Chicago came out hard-nosed and streaked to claim their first lead of the contest, 65-63, with 4:35 left in the period. "The atmosphere is much more intense, everybody is competing for the same thing, and there's going to be lots of things that happen to ramp up the competitiveness". But he also insisted the guard is getting away with carrying the ball. "He had a hell of a game (Sunday), but when you're allowed to discontinue your dribble on every single possession, he is impossible to guard".

"When you're able to put your hand underneath the ball, and take two or three steps and put it back down, it's impossible to guard him in those situations", he said. "I tried to say that earlier this week, but what he's been through and the day to day is just, it's unfathomable the way that he's performed on the court".

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