Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Boston: GIF Breakdown of the Celtics' Nightmare 0-2 NBA Playoff Start


The Boston Celtics point guard lost his 22-year-old sister, Chyna, in a one-car crash Saturday morning, but remained with the team for Games 1 and 2 of a first-round National Basketball Association playoff matchup with the Chicago Bulls.

Thomas played in the first two games of the Celtics' first-round playoff series with the Bulls, then flew to Washington to be with his family on Wednesday. Six minutes later, the Bulls would be headed home with a chance to put the Celtics one game away from a sweep, and Boston was on its way to the Windy City in search of an bad lot of answers.

"It would have been hard to criticize Isaiah Thomas if he had chosen to sit out Game 1 of the playoffs against the Chicago Bulls, but that was not an option for the 5′ 9" guard for the Celtics.

Over the first two games of the series, Smart has averaged 11 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Game 3: Cavaliers at Pacers, 4 p.m. "You can tell. I think that during the games and during walkthroughs and the film, he's trying his very best to focus". He at a serious personnel matchup disadvantage in this series because Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler are getting support from Robin Lopez and Nikola Mirotic.

While Wade and Butler are the Bulls go to guys, they will need legitimate contributions from role players, which they got in their game one win.

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, still reeling from the death of his sister, Chyna, in a road accident at the weekend, had a quiet night. "And when your point guard, your leader is prepared, we're all prepared".

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Jae Crowder matched his career playoff high with 16 points and said the Celtics were far from done. Through it all, Rondo kept a professional attitude, working on his game before and after practice hoping for more playing time.

RoLo should be a force in this series from here on out, regardless of what Brad Stevens throws at him in subsequent games.

Kyle Lowry shrugged off his Game 1 struggles in style, and got the Raptors back on level terms. His step back jumper with 8.9 seconds remaining gave Toronto a 104-100 lead (see full recap). I don't know what it is. The Rockets' three-point attack against the Spurs tried and true system offense.

Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 20 points and six rebounds.

No one expected it coming into this round, but the Boston Celtics are staring in the face of a four game sweep to the eight seeded Chicago Bulls.

An ankle injury kept Los Angeles Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar out of the lineup of Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals at Philadelphia. However, his greatest playoff moment came in Game 7 of the NBA Finals when he scored 30 points and added 40 rebounds.

Griffin took a page out of Paul's repertoire and buried a 3-pointer from the left corner, extending the Clippers' lead to 97-88 with 1:35 to play.

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