Rajon Rondo persists through hard season

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

The Bulls knocked off the Celtics for the second time in three days as Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo led Chicago to a 111-97 win at Boston.

Butler had 22 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, four steals and two blocks, Robin Lopez had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Wade scored 11 of his 22 points in the fourth.

Crowder matched his career playoff high with 16 points as five Celtics reached double figures.

Stevens said that after services for Thomas' sister, the star guard intends to rejoin the team Friday for Game 3 at Chicago. The No. 8 Chicago Bulls have not only defeated the No. 1 Boston Celtics in the series' first two games, the Bulls dominated the first pair in MA.

The Chicago Bulls stole Game 1 of their first-round matchup against the Boston Celtics on the road with a 106-102 victory on Sunday.

Boston Celtics" NBA player Isaiah Thomas' shoes carry the message "I Love you Chyna' dedicated to his late sister, who was killed in a vehicle accident on Saturday.

She was killed in a one-car crash around 5 a.m. Saturday morning, according to Washington State police. No funeral date is set, and Stevens says the Celtics organization hopes to attend. As I told him, way to run your team.

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The Celtics will need to improve on the court, and apparently their mindset, before Game 3 if they want a chance to get back in this series. The two squads also locked in winning two games apiece in the regular season series this year.

After Jimmy Butler hit a jumper in the lane over Marcus Smart in the second quarter one Celtics fan in the crowd, who identified himself as Mike S. from Everett, turned to his friend and said, "Why didn't we trade for Jimmy?"

The Celtics have failed to get past the first round in their past three playoff appearances, and are 3-6 SU in their past nine home playoff matchups.

After all, the Bulls finished the season with an underwhelming 41-41 record.

Boston shot 46 percent for game, but too many times was just one-and-done in the half court. "I don't have any siblings, but I have some very, very close people in my life and I can only imagine how that would take your heart away", James said.

Olynyk (41) during the third quarter in game one of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Chris Paul added 21 points and 10 assists for the Clippers, who crushed the Jazz in the paint, 60-38. He had the best plus-minus on the team at +12.

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