Thomas played through tears Sunday night in the Celtics' 106-102 loss to the Chicago Bulls in the opener of a first-round Eastern Conference playoff series - just a day after his 22-year-old sister Chyna Thomas was killed in a auto crash.
DeMar DeRozan had 23 points, Serge Ibaka added 13 of his 16 in the second half and Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who improved to 5-1 when playing Game 2 of a playoff series on their home court.
Boston's Isaiah Thomas, playing a day after his 22-year-old sister, Chyna Thomas, was killed in a vehicle accident in their home state of Washington, scored 33 points. At rear is Bull's guard Rajon.
BOSTON (AP) - The Chicago Bulls talked often during the regular season about believing they had the personnel to play as a physically imposing team.
Their output has caught up to those desires so far during the postseason.
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Out of the eight Bulls players to make a shot other than Rondo, seven made at least one shot off a Rondo assist. Butler also posted eight rebounds and eight assists.
"We were so locked in all week", Butler said. "And that's where your confidence always comes from".
Now tasked with erasing a serious deficit, the Celtics will turn their attention to Game 3, which will tip off Friday night (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) at the United Center. Chicago was in a very early hole but quickly took control, and held that control for much of the game. The Celtics shot 43 percent from the field in the loss but was just 14-of-38 from 3-point land.
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You might say the Bulls couldn't wait to implement their greedy approach to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
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That changed quickly, though, as the Bulls responded with a 20-4 run. Due to their inability to finish plays, Boston's opponents averaged 44.5 rebounds a night with 10.8 coming on the offensive glass. "And one thing I learned is through adverse situations, this team sticks together", Wade said. I could even hear Rondo, like, 'Yeah, they gave up. But I think obviously we're going to have to play more purposeful offense that will help our defense. While Rondo and the Bulls know how important he has been to them getting to the playoffs, they know all too well that there's still plenty of work to be done.
After all, the Bulls finished the season with an underwhelming 41-41 record. But not so fast, just take a deep breath and relax, as this is only the first game of the series. Khris Middleton added 20 points for Milwaukee, who will seek to regain the series edge when they host game three on Thursday. I get three or four days of prep on a team, lock into their game plan, and I'm playing plus minutes.
Asked about his old playoff meetings with Rondo, Bulls teammate Dwyane Wade interjected, "Hated him".
"It takes a lot of [guts] for somebody to go through that and still be able to come out and perform at a high level", Bradley said. "I just try to lock in and.do what I can for my team".
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