Published: Fri, April 28, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

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Isaiah Thomas to play Game 2, then fly to sister's funeral

"Had to be a tough situation for him, just going out and playing a game and obviously who cares about the game?"

The Chicago Bulls strolled into TD Garden Tuesday night, bullied the Celtics for four quarters, and walked out with a 2-0 series lead. At rear is Bull's guard Rajon.

The Bulls, 41-41 in the regular season, are attempting to become the sixth No. 8 seed to upset a No. 1 in the first round - and the first since the Philadelphia 76ers upset Chicago in the 2012 playoffs. People of the Chicago and Boston can't be able to watch this match on online.

Their output has caught up to those desires so far during the postseason.

Not only that, but Chicago received another big assist from a bench player.

"I'm not surprised because everybody's so locked in right now", said Butler, who added eight rebounds and eight assists.

Robin Lopez was spectacular again on the offensive glass and raining in jumpers, as he finished with 18 points.

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Gallardo's problems started immediately when Dee Gordon whacked the game's first pitch into the right-center gap for a double. Yelich made an over-the-shoulder basket catch of Jarrod Dyson's first-inning drive while crashing into the center-field wall.

"Be physical", Butler said. "And that's where your confidence always comes from".

Thomas was the leading scorer for the Celtics with 20 points, while center Al Horford pitched in for Boston with a game-high 11 rebounds. Chicago answered each run Boston made and looked unafraid to seize the moment.

"I thought he did a good job, especially early in the game on the first four possessions". They were outrebounded by 21, including eight more offensive rebounds. The Celtics fell to the Bulls, 106-102. In fact, according to Avery Bradley, he could hear Rondo saying the Celtics gave up.

"At the end of the day, we should want to play hard for each other and for him", Bradley said. "We still need to get better as a group". Bobby Portis was huge off the bench, contributing 19 including two clutch 3s late in the fourth quarter. Chicago held a 14-9 edge in fast-break points and 14-12 advantage on second-chance points.

They were without the defensive standout again in game two and in his absence, the Clippers out-scored the Jazz in the paint 60-38. Said Rondo: "I just tried to stay aggressive. They gave up, '" he said. "You go through a lot throughout a season".

He was much better in Game 2, going 6 for 12, including 2 of 5 from long range.

The 5ft 9in guard has been outstanding for Boston this season but was rendered ineffectual in Game 2 - finishing just six of 15 from the floor.

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