April 16, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) stands alone during the fourth quarter of the Chicago Bulls 106-102 win over the Boston Celtics in game one of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden.
Butler added eight rebounds and eight assists.
"It's key when you have a point guard like him that controls the whole game - you've just got to play", said Dwyane Wade, who had 22 points, eight of them coming in a 10-0 spurt that put away Game 2.
Isaiah Thomas remained with the Boston Celtics on Monday, and coach Brad Stevens said he expects that the All-Star guard will play Tuesday in Game 2 against the Chicago Bulls before traveling to be with his family after the death of his sister.
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.
Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics played with a heavy heart on Sunday, scoring 33 points in a 106-102 National Basketball Association playoff loss to the Chicago Bulls just one day after his younger sister was killed in a auto crash. Celtics G Avery Bradley was reportedly deciding whether he will accompany G Isaiah Thomas to Tacoma, Wash., on Wednesday for the funeral of Thomas' younger sister, Chyna.
Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points for Boston.
Now, obviously, the Celtics aren't making any excuses, as Al Horford told reporters "We're never going to make excuses, but this is hard". Thomas also had five rebounds and six assists to go along with his six turnovers.
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The Celtics star managed a team-high 20 points on a mere 6 of 15 from the floor.
"We don't have home-court advantage, so we had to get one here if we want to win this series", Wade said.
The NBA on Monday rescinded a technical foul assessed to Thomas in the fourth quarter of Game 1 for dismissively waving at referee Kane Fitzgerald following a kick-ball violation. The Celtics have the lowest number of wins by a No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference since 2007, when the Detroit Pistons mirrored the Celtics' 53 wins.
"That hate is that respect", Wade said. He had the best plus-minus on the team at +12. Look for the Bulls to keep this game close once again.
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.
In the Celtics Game 1 loss to the Chicago Bulls, there was a 53-36 count in the rebounding department that didn't favor Boston, and Jae Crowder noted how that was the difference.
The Bulls didn't shoot well from the field 39-of-91 for 42.9 percent, but their defense was superb and held Boston to 37-of-85 for a mere 43 percent.