Round Mound be damned, because Chicago wasn't interested in Chuck's narrative.
ESPN said Isaiah Thomas learned of his sister's death after practice on Sunday, but he still started against the Chicago Bulls. "Isaiah, to me, is like family", Bradley said. The Bulls are a team that can match up well with the Celtics and makes this a competitive series.
HOUSTON - Patrick Beverley carried the load until James Harden rebounded from a poor shooting start, and Houston claimed Game 1 of it's Western Conference first-round series with a romp over Oklahoma City at Toyota Center.
Wizards 114, Hawks 107: John Wall scored a playoff career-high 32 points and Markieff Morris added 21 in his National Basketball Association playoff debut as the Wizards beat Atlanta in Game 1 of their first-round series. Thankfully, the Bulls finished the first down only 28-23.
So, Hoiberg had to go with his second option - Bobby Portis, who usually comes off of the bench and has been inconsistent too.
Nobody for the Bulls was playing truly exceptional (no one had more than 12 points other than Butler after the third), but a solid all-around effort kept them in the lead. Rondo had some crafty layups, including a euro-step over Thomas, while Lopez snatched six rebounds and poured in 10 points.
Al Horford is the kind of player who can put the Celtics over the top. Among their tally were 20 offensive rebounds, which provided countless second-chance opportunities.
At halftime, the Bulls led 48-46.
The Boston Celtics (53-29) have won their last three games and captured the No. 1 seed in the final game of the regular season. "It's just mixing up, giving him different looks with different guys", said Dwyane Wade. His presence or absence will affect the game for sure, but no matter what Thomas chooses to do, he has support behind him. Thomas finished a game-high 33 points, while Jimmy Butler scored 30 points for the Bulls. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 206.5 points. Butler also added a three of his own, and after starting the game 0-11 behind the arc, the Bulls had rallied to knock in seven of their next thirteen attempts. "I'm happy with the way he played tonight, and we just need to continue to fight for him". He was active throughout, coming up with several big baskets and assists to keep his team in the game. When it was all said and done, Chicago emerged victorious to the tune of a 106-102 final score. Chicago has Jimmy Butler (superstar), Dwayne Wade (3-time NBA champion) and Rajon Rondo (NBA champion). Thomas averaged 24.8 points per game (PPG), 6 assists per game (APG) and 3 rebounds per game (RPG) against the Bulls this season.
After the review, the official call on the floor - Chicago Bulls ball - was overturned which gave the Celtics possession of the ball with 14.1 seconds to play.
An emotional Thomas enters the game hoping to find comfort on the court after learning about the death of his sister, Chyna Thomas, early Saturday morning.