Celtics' Thomas: Days since sister died hardest of my life

It's key. When you have a point guard like him, that controls the whole game, you just got to play.

After missing a 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter, Smart appeared to gesture toward a fan courtside at TD Garden. Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade split 44 points on a combined 48.5 percent shooting.

"Everybody's putting in extra work, watching that film, working on their game". I'm not saying I'm gonna always come through, but I enjoy the moment when it's time for me to make [plays]. Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is in Chicago on Friday. If Lopez goes to the bench, Chicago's rebounding prowess basically goes out the window. Thomas' strength in not only playing, but also scoring 33 points Sunday was remarkable. The best thing about now is we get to focus on one team.

Did you expect the eighth-seeded Bulls to be leading the top-seeded Celtics in their first-round playoff series? "They're not a No. 1 seed for no reason", Wade said.

Oddsmakers, though, didn't see Boston as a slam dunk to get by the Bulls.

The point guard's play for the Bulls has been uneven throughout most of the year. "I know I got a tough task chasing [Isaiah Thomas] all over the court so I just try to go out there and do the intangibles for my team".

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. Performances like this are what the Bulls will need to knock off the Celtics.

"I think we gotta adjust, in some way, some fashion".

Celtics guard Avery Bradley heard Rondo yelling and conceded the ex-Boston floor general was right. Near the top of that list if not at the top, will be Boston trying to play with an edge that's closer to what we saw from them during the season. Not to pile on Celtics fans, but for all the excitement of a young team grabbing that seed we're not talking about a juggernaut.

Wade backed his words with actions, happily playing a supporting role as Butler made his third straight All-Star team and posted career-high averages of 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.9 steals.

Also, as per the numbers, the Boston Celtics are getting beat up in the rebounding column and second chance points. Will there be a pivot to a youth movement, or a pushing of the chips in for the kind of game-changing talent this series has proven the Celtics don't have at their disposal?

He missed six of his 13 free throws, had two assists and committed five turnovers.

The Celtics are hopeful that Thomas' brief trip home will help him cope with loss of Chyna Thomas, who died Saturday in a one-vehicle accident in their home state of Washington. Have failed to score 100 points in three of their last four postseason games dating back to past year.

Given Rondo's recent resurgence, it's safe to say that Wade is glad the two are now teammates.

"That's the thing", Oladipo said, "when you have games like this, you go back to the basics".



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