Bulls point guard Rondo racing for game 5 fitness


Isaiah Canaan will start Game 5 in Rondo's place after young Bulls point guards Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams have struggled in the series. The Bulls led 85-84 with around 10 minutes left, but then the Celtics restored order by going on a 20-4 run to get a 108-97 victory.

Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics carries the ball against the Atlanta Hawks during the second quarter at TD Garden on February 27, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.

"Everyone knows he's a good defender".

Neither team turned the ball over during a back-and-fourth third quarter. This could just mean that the Celtics, whom had the best record in the Eastern Conference, just needed to get warmed up, because the two games that they won at Chicago were both heavy victories. "I just think him being able to be with this relatives and getting together with them, think that helped him". For example the one that he sustained to his elbow playing against his current teammate Dwyane Wade years ago. "I just want to go out there, just give energy, just try to make my opponent as miserable as possible".

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Avery Bradley also scored 24 for Boston. He made 19-of-23 free throws in the Game 4 loss, and he scored a total of 33 points and looked solid even as the Bulls floundered at times. "MVP" at the free throw line in Boston the last three months - is back and accounted for.

"We had some empty possessions, " coach Fred Hoiberg said.

Wade's 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists led the Bulls, who wasted a 50-percent shooting night. The attempt was said to occur during the last 31.1 seconds of the first quarter, but Rondo denied this, saying that while he does stretch his legs out at some points of the game, Crowder might have just been too close to their bench.

Jimmy Butler will have to have a breakout game for the Bulls at some point for them to come away with this win.

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The Celtics got off to an bad start by jacking up terrible shots and missing a ton of open 3s.

The Bulls won the first two games of the series. The Bulls seem unprepared to deal with a different Celtics team.

Celtics: There were at least nine members of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in the crowd, and a handful of players from the Boston Bruins as well. The move has worked out with Green scoring eight points in Game 3, and posting 18 points and seven rebounds in Game 4. Jimmy Butler and Robin Lopez added 14 points apiece for the Bulls, who were without point guard Rajon Rondo (broken thumb). His defense of Isaiah Thomas was exceptional, reminiscent of his prime years back when he was in Boston.

"So we're focused on Game 5".

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