Boston Celtics Need Extreme Wakeup Call After Game 2 Loss to Bulls

Boston Celtics Need Extreme Wakeup Call After Game 2 Loss to Bulls

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People are going to bring up how the Celtics are "the worst top seed in the history of the NBA" and how they will lose to an 8 seed.

April 16, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) stands alone during the fourth quarter of the Chicago Bulls 106-102 win over the Boston Celtics in game one of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden.

Rondo, a former Celtic who won a title in Boston, narrowly missed the 11th playoff triple-double of his career with 11 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds.

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Isaiah Thomas, who will fly to Tacoma, Wash., on Wednesday to attend the funeral for his younger sister, Chyna, who was killed in an automobile crash, had an off night. They finished the regular season at 27th overall with 42 boards a night, ahead of Sacramento, Milwaukee and Dallas. But just to give them a different look, if you get their offense out a little further, if it takes a little bit more time off the clock, all those things help.

Can Boston rebound from an emotional 106-102 loss and even up the series 1-1, or will Chicago head home with a leading 2-0?

Before Tuesday's Game 2, Fred Hoiberg couldn't talk enough about how well Rajon Rondo handled being demoted to the second unit midway through the season when he was struggling and the Bulls were headed the wrong way in the playoff race. So Thomas played, scoring 13 points in the first quarter and finishing with a game-high 33. Thomas had his Game 1 technical foul rescinded by the league, but he got one 1:51 into Game 2. Chicago is now 42-41 overall, 17-25 on the road and 43-40 against the spread.

There were two key moments Sunday in which Butler was assigned to Thomas - once in the second quarter and again in the last five minutes of the game.

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Chicago hauled down an wonderful 20 offensive rebounds to win for the eighth time in its last 11 games. "As I told him, 'Way to run your team'". Chris Paul had 21 points and 10 assists and DeAndre Jordan added a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds.

"We're never going to make excuses, but this is hard", said the Celtics' Al Horford.

"We're playing on Friday".

"For the playoffs, me in particular, you get a couple of extra days rest for the body", he said after downing the Celtics, 111-97. So, the Bulls lead the Eastern conference against Boston Celtics out of seven games, 1-0.

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