Thomas scores 33 as Celtics top Bulls, even series

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"Just watching him wince a little bit when the ball was coming to him makes me think it's a long shot", Hoiberg said.

But considering all the attention Jimmy Butler is drawing from the Boston defense, the Bulls need one of those games Wade threw at Toronto in the Eastern Conference semi-finals last May. "I'm not going to talk about it anymore".

Speaking for the first time since his sister, Chyna, died on April 15 in a single-vehicle auto crash, the Boston Celtics star said he is thankful for the support of his teammates.

Al Horford scored 18 points and collected eight rebounds while All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas scored 16 points.

Canaan is expected to start Game 5, but Celtics fans know enough about Rondo's injury history to realize he could return at any time. I stretched my leg out; I also do that throughout the game.

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Rondo hasn't explicitly said that he intends to return to the court during this series, which is now tied 2-2 after the Celtics won both games in Chicago following Rondo's injury.

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) moves around defenderChicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (8) during the second half in game three of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at United Center. Thomas scored 10 points in part of their 12-0 run to regain the lead.

"I'm not going to say what I would or wouldn't do with regard to what somebody else chooses to say", Stevens said, per Chris Forsberg of ESPN. Chicago was just 5 of 24 on 3-pointers even though Canaan - inactive for the first three games - nailed 3 of 7. "The pace that he sets for the team, the leadership that he brings, and the way that he plays".

It all wasted a supreme effort from Butler, who finished with 33 points and a career-playoff-high nine assists after having zero assists in Game 3.

With Thomas and Green each scoring 16 in the first half, the Celtics carried a 57-46 lead into the break. Michael Carter-Williams, who, like starter Jerian Grant, was mostly ineffective, had replaced Canaan during this run.

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Wade helped pick up some of the slack, leading all Bulls with 18 points in Game 3.

The Celtics led 41-21 early in the second quarter.

The Bulls made a third-quarter push for the second consecutive game, but fell short again, leaving the home team winless in the series.

Smart feigned throwing the ball at Butler.

"We don't come out with any energy in the first quarter", Butler said.

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Paul Zipser scored 10 points off the bench for the Bulls, who struggled offensively without injured point guard Rajon Rondo. Chicago's offense in the first two games of the series seemed to thrive under Rondo's control.

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