Butler, Bulls Battle Celtics in Game 2

Boston Celtics Isaiah Thomas wears a message

Boston Celtics Isaiah Thomas wears a message

The Celtics did a much better job containing reserve Bobby Portis in Game 2 after he hurt them with 19 points off the bench in Game 1.

Wade noticed some parallels from Butler's performance in game one of their first-round playoff series against the Celtics and James, who along with Wade helped the Miami Heat stifle Derrick Rose and the Bulls in the 2011 Eastern Conference finals.

James conveyed his sympathy after Monday morning's shootaround before Game 2 of the series against the Indiana Pacers. His performance helped Chicago become just the second eight-seed in National Basketball Association history to take a 2-0 series lead over a conference top seed.

Isaiah Thomas, who lost his 22-year old sister to a vehicle accident a day before Game 1, put up a gallant performance with 33 points. "It's one game at a time, one possession at a time". However, Thomas had a great game. Boston's early rebounding edge evaporated just as fast, with all five Bulls starters grabbing an offensive rebound in the first six minutes of action. Butler finished with 30 points. "I think we have a really good team". The other team is looking at that.

More often than not, rookies and players who aren't getting much playing time go on the first bus for extra pregame work, while veterans ride in the second bus. Rondo, a former Celtic who won a championship in Boston, just missed the 11th triple-double of his playoff career with 11 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds. He only had two turnovers and was a plus 3.

Beginning on New Year's Eve, he was a DNP by coach's decision for five games.

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The supporting cast needs to pick up the slack if they want to win the series.

Isaiah Thomas scored 20 for Boston. Amir Johnson was only 2-8 from the field. Marcus Smart had nine points on nine shots. The Celtics need to figure out a way to stop this before this costs them in another game. The Bulls outscored the Celtics in the paint 32-20 for the half. That led to them allowing 13.9 second-chance points during the regular season, and Chicago made sure the Celtics took that trend into the playoffs.

Bradley Beal scored 22 points and Markieff Morris had 21 points for the Wizards, who finished the regular season 49-33 and entered the play-offs as the No. 4 seed after not qualifying previous year.

Thomas shared a tearful moment with long-time friend and teammate, Avery Bradley, before Game 1.

Granted, the grief All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas is going through following the death of his sister has had an impact on the team, but following down 0-2 to the No. 8 seed Bulls is unacceptable.

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