While some might be shocked by how Chicago has played as a No. 8 seed that was just 41-41, Butler made it clear he's not one of those folks. But coming in, I didn't say, "Hey, we're going to be up 2-0 on Boston". A public tirade by Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler, followed by an Instagram response by Rajon Rondo, the Bulls did not seem destined for any success in the playoffs. Rondo then dribbled up the floor, waved for Nikola Mirotic and Robin Lopez to go to the rim and then fed Jimmy Butler for a wide-open 3-pointer. "And that's where your confidence always comes from".
Game 3: Warriors at Trail Blazers, 7:30 p.m. Utah has four players averaging double figures in the series, but Gordon Hayward is shooting 36 percent. Whether it is a lack of height or putting in the effort, rebounding has been a huge advantage for Chicago. But Paul Zipser picked up the slack in Game 2, scoring 16 points in 29 minutes. The Bulls emptied the bench and fans began to file out with 4:11 left and the Bulls trailing by 20.
The way basketball works is that you can gameplan and scheme around a player, but a star is still going to get his, you just have to limit him.
Chicago again used its big men to push the Celtics out of the paint and was quicker to the ball in a lot of 50-50 situations. They rose to the occasion and delivered a solid performance in beating the Bulls 104-87. "It wasn't moving at all", Celtics guard Avery Bradley said. People forget, we just got together.
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Ottawa seemed to be cruising in the second period following Hoffman's second goal of the night off a power play to make it 3-0. The Senators were 22-17-2 on the road this season so they should have no shortage of confidence going into the Garden.
They turned the ball over, took wild shots and didn't defend well. You don't celebrate, you don't get too happy, until you've won that fourth game and the clock hits all those zeros because it's hard to win a series.
Westbrook scored 51 points in that game and added 13 assists and 10 rebounds. Not to mention, Thomas only averages 2.7 rebounds a game.
"That first day in practice to prepare for this series, they kicked our butt, " Wade said of the second unit. Butler is one of the top two-way players in the game and can have a significant impact at either end. "I think the biggest thing we have to do is be forward-looking and prepare for Friday".
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. They have up.' But you never can let a team see that. "We wanted to play hard and tonight I feel like we put another smile on his face".