Day after sister's death, Isaiah Thomas plays for Celtics

Rufina Vignone
Mag 1, 2017

The Chicago Bulls now have a 2-0 lead in their first round playoff series with the Boston Celtics. I also doubt the Bulls are going to get that type of production from Portis and you have to bet Boston will be more focused on controlling the glass than it was in that game one loss.

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.

Chicago prevailed on an emotional night in Boston, as Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas played the day after his younger sister, Chyna, was killed in a auto crash.

NOTES: Celtics G Avery Bradley was reportedly deciding whether or not he will accompany G Isaiah Thomas to Tacoma, Wash., on Wednesday for the funeral of Thomas' younger sister, Chyna.

Boston coach Brad Stevens let Thomas decide whether to play on Sunday, and said that would also be the case for Tuesday's Game Two. Chicago held a 43-38 rebounding edge for the game.

How else do you explain Paul Zipser scoring 16 points - the majority coming off the dribble - in Tuesday's Bulls win? "Isaiah (Thomas) is a really crafty guy and I just wanted to go out and play as hard as I could". Though barely making the playoffs as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Bulls looked like legitimate title contenders, playing with poise and experience that matters heavily in the postseason. After beating the Boston Celtics in Game 1, Chicago is hoping to steal a second straight game at TD Garden. You can expect Boston to do a much better job of limiting Portis as he had the game of his life as he scored 19 points on 8 of 10 shooting with 9 rebounds. "Obviously our world is kind of revolved around basketball, but like I said, who cares about basketball when something like that happens?" "We have three more to go and it's going to be even tougher". Currently, the team is averaging 25 assists per game compared to only 13 turnovers.

"In the second half, the ball stopped moving", Bradley said, per Himmelsbach. But he did convey his sympathy after Monday's shootaround before Game 2 of the Cavaliers' series against the Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Clinic Courts. The Celtics were uncharacteristically snippy toward one another, arguing visibly mid-play and during timeouts whenever a teammate made a mistake or missed a rotation.

"I'm not surprised because everybody's so locked in right now", said Butler, who added eight rebounds and eight assists.

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