The regular season shattered. The 8th of the East dominating the 1st. Two matches in Boston and two wins in Chicago. This second with all the important players of the Bulls with a shoulder. And with Rajon Rondo hurting his old team. A very motivated Rondo who could with Isaiah Thomas.
Jimmy Butler continued at his excellent level. But there was an extra contribution from a couple of old rockers: Dwyane Wade and, above all, Rondo. The result was a new homecoming victory for Fred Hoiberg’s boys. The series is overturned: 2-0 for Chicago.
Celtics 97 Bulls 111 (0-2)
The Celtics lose bellows. The Bulls gain presence. The Chicago thing was coming. He had made a remarkable end to the season. Now start putting each piece in place. And, as you could intuit, this is a team that needs to have assets and with many minutes of Rajon Rondo and Nikola Mirotic. Far from their respective ostracisms.
Chicago controlled the match. Without ample advantages. He did it by lowering Isaiah Thomas’s offense. And nullifying in attack to Al Horford. The base saw their numbers fall. Reduced the adrenaline of the first match with his personal misfortune to the front.
The Bulls went 46-54 on the break. They already dominated by 11 at the end of the third act. And they did not lose their rhythm in the final stretch.
They won with another complete performance of Butler. He scored 22 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Wade also scored 22 points. Robin Lopez went down to 18 with 8 rebounds. But one of the great differential elements was Rondo before his old liking.
The controversial base stayed a step closer to completing a triple-double. His numbers: 11 points, 9 rebounds, 14 assists and 5 steals. He played no less than 40 minutes.
This time, the Celtics contained substitute Bobby Portis. But in its place appeared the German Paul Zipser. From the second unit made 16 points. In addition, Mirotic improved its performance. Up to 13 points and 7 rebounds. He was 28 minutes on court.
Faced with that model run by major visiting players, Boston presented a flaw in theirs. Thomas stayed this time in just 20 points. Giving 2 assists and losing 5 balls. Horford just got 7. Although he took 11 rebounds and gave 5 basket passes. Avery Bradley did not shine either. The home side did not defend well.
In the local ranks, Jae Crowder was the most salvageable. Also, from the substitute, Kelly Olynyk and Marcus Smart. Although the base threw everything overboard with an ugly gesture after failing a shot. It was directed against his hobby. Things are not going well in Boston in these playoffs.