We all were wrong about the Chicago Bulls

Boston Celtics Isaiah Thomas wears a message

Bobby Portis, playing his first playoff game, was outstanding, finishing with 19 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots in 29 minutes off the Chicago bench. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

On the Bulls' side of the ledger, another strong game from Butler would obviously be helpful to their cause, but two more of their key players will also be needed to get them over the top.

Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo understands why he was getting booed by Celtics fans throughout Chicago's Game 1 victory at TD Garden on Sunday night. Stevens said that after services for Thomas' sister, the star guard intends to rejoin the team Friday for Game 3 at Chicago.

Jimmy Butler saw to it that Celtics' talisman Isaiah Thomas, who will fly to Washington to attend his sister's funeral on Wednesday, was not able to get going offensively.

In Toronto, Kyle Lowry bounced back from a lackluster game one as the Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 106-100 to level their series at one game each.

Suddenly, a Boston Celtics team not known for giving up in any game have to find a way to claw back in a seven game series they have yet to show up in both physically and emotionally.

Thomas has leaned heavily on teammate Avery Bradley, a fellow Tacoma native, in recent days.

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"It's something we've done a pretty solid job of all season long", Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. He scored 20 points but made just six of 15 shots from the floor, missed six of his 13 free-throw attempts and had five turnovers. He guarded Isaiah (Thomas) for most of the game tonight; had his hands full with that. "They gave up, '" he said.

The Celtics are doing everything they can to help Thomas navigate this hard phase, especially while he's on the opposite coast from much of his family. And I think he knows that and I know the same about him.

"You can say whatever to him, but I think our actions really let him know that we care for him", Bradley said.

Because the Bulls got so many second-chance opportunities to score, the Celtics were scrambling on defense and were unable to contain Jimmy Butler in the fourth quarter.

Boston's second unit started the second quarter 1 for 7 from the field and was outscored 10-0 to surrender the Celtics' first-quarter lead. Other than Thomas' 33 points, the Al Horford scored only 19 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. "I've seen him in the trenches before, and he's always bounced back".

"And we did the same thing when we played - to Derrick Rose".

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