Celtics' Thomas: Days since sister died hardest of my life
Apr 21 2017 by Marjorie Miles
The word "embarrassing" certainly sums it up, as they now travel to Chicago for Games 3 and 4 on Friday and Sunday.
Boston shot 46 percent for game, but too many times was just one-and-done in the half court. Because without it, they would find themselves in a 3-0 series deficit, something that no team has ever been able to fully overcome to advance in a playoff series. Stephen A. Smith also agreed with his peers with regards to Celtics being the worst number 1 seed in playoff history.
In the regular season, the Chicago Bulls finished with an offensive rating of 107.4, 20th out of 30 teams.
There was the big trade last summer when the Bulls sent hometown favorite and former MVP Derrick Rose to NY after going 42-40. And we have to focus our time on trying to do our jobs as well as we possibly can.
Boston's starting shooting guard, who was an All-Defensive First Team performer a season ago, also believes that knocking Rondo off of his game in even the slightest of ways will benefit the Celtics in substantial ways. "You can see it".
That said, it is hard to ignore the emotional impact that Thomas' sister's death had on the team. Rondo fired back while defending the younger players, and all three veterans got fined by the organization.
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Thomas' comments, released in a team statement, were his first public ones since 22-year-old Chyna Thomas died in a crash early Saturday outside of Tacoma, Washington.
The big Game Two effort followed his Game One contribution of 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
He just missed his 11th play-off triple-double, finishing with 11 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds.
CELTICS GUARD Isaiah Thomas said the days since his younger sister was killed in a auto crash have been the hardest of his life. That rubs off on all the other guys. I don't think the Bulls will sweep the Celtics, despite their overwhelming superiority in Game Two.
"I'm not surprised because everybody's so locked in right now", said Butler. On the 17th, they lost by five to the Wizards in a game that wasn't that close as Wade sat out the first of what would turn out to be 11 straight games.
Lowry, who scored just four points in the Raptor's series-opening defeat, added 22 points and delivered a clinching jump shot over Bucks rookie Malcolm Brogdon. In Game 2, Robin Lopez chipped in with 18 and eight, while Paul Zipser scored 16. I thought a playoff appearance would be brief and tragic, and just enough to keep GarPax and their handpicked coach around. People can't load up on me and then on top of everything else, [Rondo and Wade] do a lot of that as well - when they're attacking, they're being aggressive and they're getting everybody else involved and especially when we're getting stops... He pushed the ball in transition- attacking the holes in Boston's defense-making the extra pass. That makes it easy to shoot the ball.