Chicago Bulls' rebounding prowess will cause Boston Celtics problems all series
Apr 21 2017 by Marjorie Miles
Jimmy Butler had always been a workhorse, so it was no surprise that he carried the Chicago Bulls on his back on Sunday afternoon and led a gutsy 106-102 win over the Celtics in Game 1 of their series opener at the TD Garden in Boston.
Jimmy Butler again led the way for the eighth-seeded Bulls with 22 points, with some help from Robin Lopez (18 points, 8 rebounds) and a rejuvenated Dwyane Wade (22 points) and Rajon Rondo (11 points, 14 assists).
Jae Crowder scored 16 points as five Celtics reached double figures.
The Celtics have two days off before Game 3 Friday night against the Bulls in Chicago and Stevens suggested the entire team would make an effort to attend the memorial services. The Bulls had control of the game by dominating on the offensive glass, beating the Celtics in rebounds 43-38.
DeMar DeRozan had 23 points, Serge Ibaka added 13 of his 16 in the second half and Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who improved to 5-1 when playing Game 2 of a playoff series on their home court.
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If he keeps playing the way he did in the two games against Bayern, he likely won't have to worry about being jeered anymore. Bayern's Arturo Vidal was also shown a red card in the second half for what appeared to be clean tackle on Marco Asensio.
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Playing a day after 22-year-old sister Chyna Thomas was killed in a vehicle accident in their home state of Washington, Thomas led the top-seeded Celtics with 33 points. Celtics G Avery Bradley was reportedly deciding whether he will accompany G Isaiah Thomas to Tacoma, Wash., on Wednesday for the funeral of Thomas' younger sister, Chyna.
Lowry meanwhile shrugged off his Game 1 struggles, where he finished two of 11 in field goal attempts to add 22 points off 6 from 12 shooting. The player known as "IT" chose to play, and it was his team that let him down as listless and getting out rebounded by the Bulls on the way to a 106-102 shocker.
Lopez is pulling down almost 1 in every 5 missed Bulls shots so far in this series, a number that would have led the National Basketball Association in the regular season by a large margin. But not so fast, just take a deep breath and relax, as this is only the first game of the series.
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The Celtics did a much better job containing reserve Bobby Portis in Game 2 after he hurt them with 19 points off the bench in Game 1. "It's good to be able to have a guy like that to say, 'Get us 30, and then go guard the guy that's got 30'". "I don't have any siblings, but I have some very, very close people in my life and I can only imagine how that would take your heart away", James said. While Butler may be hard to shut down, Avery Bradley and the Celtics did a great job of limiting Chicago's star to just 7 first half points. "The best teams overcome any type of adversity". Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH'-nihs an-the-yuh-KUHM'-poh) had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Bucks, who host Game 3 on Thursday.