Isaiah Thomas to play Game 2, then fly to sister's funeral

Apr 20, 2017, 09:09
Isaiah Thomas to play Game 2, then fly to sister's funeral

"PLAYOFF Rondo" was in full display as the feisty point guard flirted with a triple-double while firing up his team with some vintage trash talking just as the Boston Celtics fell apart late in a Game 2 loss on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) to the Chicago Bulls in their first-round series. He almost spun a triple-double in Game 2, reviving talk of "Playoff Rondo" with 11 points, 14 assists, nine rebounds and five steals. He tallied 11 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds, leading Chicago to a convincing 111-97 win en route to a 2-0 series advantage.

Jimmy Butler and Dewayne Wade lead the Bulls scorers with 22 points apiece.

The Bulls, who host Game 3 on Friday, dominated on the offensive glass.

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.

Isaiah Thomas, who lost his 22-year old sister to a auto accident a day before Game 1, put up a gallant performance with 33 points. No funeral date is set, but Boston head coach Brad Stevens said the Celtics plan to attend. The conductor of the offense has been Rondo (10 assists per game) who looks to be playing like he did when he was on the Celtics earlier in his career.

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Chicago hauled down an awesome 20 offensive rebounds to win for the eighth time in its last 11 games.

Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 24 points and 15 rebounds. The team's point guard also showed early endeavors during the first quarter when he missed his first free throw attempt. If his recovery is done best on the basketball court, then we will be lucky to watch him.

If they are going to come out of Boston with a 2-0 series lead, then they are going to have to replicate what they did in the series opener.

"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.

Bradley Beal scored 22 points and Markieff Morris had 21 points for the Wizards, who finished the regular season 49-33 and entered the play-offs as the No. 4 seed after not qualifying previous year. When Thomas hit his first points of the game, a 3-pointer, the TD Garden crowd cheered loudly with an ovation. 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. "I know tonight he was playing for his sister, playing for his family". But Paul Zipser picked up the slack in Game 2, scoring 16 points in 29 minutes.