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.
The Chicago Bulls strolled into TD Garden Tuesday night, bullied the Celtics for four quarters, and walked out with a 2-0 series lead. Mirotic and Lopez had 10 points each in the half and Rondo nine assists. In the Game 1, Bulls Jimmy Butler scored 30 points and nine rebounds, he started his game slowly and ends with the game's highest. Dwyane Wade scored eight of those points.
"We've obviously moved past what happened at that time, but we, I think, had lost five out of six or had a very poor stretch, so we needed to inject the pace back into the lineup", Hoiberg said.
"I've always been confident", Portis said.
Game 3 is in the United Center Friday and Game 4 Sunday.
The Celtics studied more than their normal amount of film in an effort to keep the Bulls from cleaning the offensive glass.
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Rondo, who signed a two-year, $28 million dollar deal with the Bulls last summer, said this season has been one of the most trying of his 11-year career.
Jordan finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Chris Paul added 21 points and 10 assists for the Clippers, who crushed the Jazz in the paint, 60-38.
Speaking during Cleveland's shootaround ahead of their Game 2 against IN on Monday, James expressed sympathy for Thomas's situation. The Celtics fell to the Bulls, 106-102. "We knew their stuff, just like they knew ours. As a polished team we have to know when to take those shots and when not to".
After all, the Bulls finished the season with an underwhelming 41-41 record. Chicago held a 14-9 edge in fast-break points and 14-12 advantage on second-chance points.
Boston was the surprise victor of the Eastern Conference, beating out defending National Basketball Association champion Cleveland by two full games. He will be joining his family before returning to the team in Chicago for game three. "One thing I learned about this team is through adverse situations, this team sticks together".
Thomas is expected to fly to Washington state to be with his family and help complete funeral arrangements for his sister.
Bradley says it's important now to pick Thomas up on and off the court. "Once you do your job defensively, you get in your defensive coverages, and then the shot finally goes out, sometimes you just get caught staring at the shot like, 'OK, I've done my job.' But the job isn't over until you actually get in front of your man and get the ball". You're going to face a lot of adversity.
Wade named the handful of players in the league who can fill up the scorebook and guard the opposing team's best scorer.