Now, they will play their next two games in front of their own fans, who will undoubtedly be re-energized by the Bulls' unexpected, and nearly unprecedented, series lead. 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.
"Rondo was the key early in the game", coach Hoiberg said postgame. 'Listening to their basketball minds, all of us listening to each other's mind and on the same page. "He has been in big moments".
Butler, who chipped in 22 pts 8 reb and 8 ast in the win on Tuesday night, should not be undervalued, but the player whose efforts can't take a backseat to one Jimmy Butler is Rajon Rondo. The Bulls are playing the one seed Boston Celtics, who finished the regular season 53-29. The Celtics main scoring option is 5'9 Point Guard, Isaiah Thomas, who averaged almost 29 points a game.
Without Rondo in the lineup, Butler understands that he will be expected to run more of the offense. Butler scored 30 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out three assists as the Bulls defeated the Celtics 106-102.
DWade: "That hate is that respect". We understand what we have and we understand what our capabilities are, but we also understand that we're playing a tough team.
"I don't know what it is". Payne, a 2015 lottery pick who was acquired from Oklahoma City Thunder for both Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott at the trade deadline, has played sparingly since injuring his foot in late March. Don't get me wrong, the East isn't great. Because he's gonna make sure he's prepared, the last guy on the bench is prepared. When we're trying to make those six-point shots, that is emotion.
Game 3 between the Cavs-Pacers, Raptors-Bucks and Spurs-Grizzlies will take place Thursday night.
Dwyane Wade and the Bulls can talk about their plans at the end of the season.
Game 2: Thunder at Rockets, 5 p.m. Not bad at all.
Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas stands by himself during team introductions before a first-round NBA playoff basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Boston.
Rondo suffered the injury in Chicago's win at Boston in Game 2 on Tuesday, with subsequent X-rays and an exam confirming the fracture, the team said.
"He said, out of his mouth, to us as a unit, I'm going to be with my family, and I'll be ready for Game 3", Crowder said. "We want to approach it with that mindset and try to get another W. It's one game at a time, one possession at a time".