Celtics guard Smart fined $25K for making obscene gesture

Nov 10 2016 Miami FL USA Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade dunks the ball as Bulls forward Jimmy Butler looks on against... Steve Mitchell

Nov 10 2016 Miami FL USA Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade dunks the ball as Bulls forward Jimmy Butler looks on against... Steve Mitchell

It is also worth noting that the No. 1 seeded Celtics now trail the No. 8 seeded Bulls 2-0 in the opening round series. Game 3 between Chicago and Boston goes on Friday night with the visiting Celtics getting two points.

The Toronto Raptors traded for Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker, adding toughness, defensive versatility and depth. The Cleveland Cavaliers snagged Deron Williams. Butler, who had 22 points, eight rebounds and four steals, said the victory was no surprise to him. If the Bulls do finish off the Celtics, it'll be an upset but nothing like the 2007 when the Baron Davis-led Warriors upended Dirk Nowitzki and the top-seeded Mavericks. If there is one weakness of the Boston Celtics, that would be rebounding. They didn't pay to get a player such as Lou Williams, a proven bench scorer who would help Boston survive when Isaiah Thomas isn't on the floor.

His 22-year-old sister Chyna was killed in a vehicle accident less than two days prior to the start of the Celtics' playoff run, but he's played through the tragedy as well as he can. It's easier said than done, especially at a time when all of the player's focus isn't fully where it should be following the death of Isaiah Thomas' 22-year-old sister, Chyna J. Thomas, who died after a one-car crash which as one can imagine, has been hard for Thomas to move forward from. The Celtics, of course, have also been good - 11-4 - but the point is not that the Bulls are clearly better, it's that the teams may be more evenly matched than we figured.

The Celtics are down 2-0 going into Chicago this weekend. Having veteran guys, having a guy like Rondo that's won a championship, myself - it really helps.

I know what Rondo brings. "I'm sure Bobby told you the same thing". "Who can make the best adjustments the quickest, the fastest?" Westbrook became the third player in the last 30 years to score that many points in a playoff loss, joining Michael Jordan (63, 1986) and Ray Allen (51, 2009).

Stevens said he would consider lineup and rotation changes because of the way Chicago has dominated much of the first two games.

Celtics at Bulls, Chicago leads 2-0. You hear a lot of people talk about how that time - especially in a guy's sanctuary, like the gym is for Isaiah - is able to kind of alleviate the pain for those couple of hours.

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However, he has been confronted with an unexpected challenge from Democratic newcomer Kathryn Allen. Chaffetz faced more than 1,000 protesters at a town hall in February in his Utah district.

Once you get past the stars - Thomas for Boston, and Jimmy Butler for Chicago - the rest of the Celtics' roster has been a disgrace to No. 1 seeds everywhere.

BOSTON (AP) — Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas says the days since his younger sister was killed in a auto crash have been the hardest of his life.

"Rondo was the key early in the game", coach Hoiberg said postgame.

The Chicago Bulls powered past the Boston Celtics 111-97 Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead over the Eastern Conference top seeds in their National Basketball Association playoff series, while the Toronto Raptors avoided falling into an 0-2 hole.

He just missed out on his 11th play-off triple-double, finishing with 11 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds. I did feel in Game 2 that we let our emotions get the best of us.

Fizdale blasted the officiating in a almost two-minute tirade during his postgame interview Monday night, calling the work of veteran crew Danny Crawford, Rodney Mott and Bill Spooner "unprofessional" and "unacceptable" before slamming his fist on a table and storming off.

While Rondo has been outstanding thus far against the Celtics, it's been a team effort that has allowed the Bulls to play well during the first two games of this series.

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