The Boston Celtics postseason has not been playing out in their favor so far.
The incident occurred with 6:07 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Celtics' 111-97 loss to the Bulls at TD Garden on Tuesday night in their first-round Eastern Conference best-of-seven playoff series.
While some might be shocked by how Chicago has played as a No. 8 seed that was just 41-41, Butler made it clear he's not one of those folks. Kawhi Leonard is showing the country why he's one of the top eight players in the National Basketball Association, but can San Antonio find a way to slow down James Harden and all of those Houston three-point shooters? "That's where your confidence always comes from".
He plans to travel to Chicago for game three of the series against the Bulls on Friday.
BOSTON (AP) Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas says the days since his younger sister was killed in a vehicle crash have been the hardest of his life. Will there be a pivot to a youth movement, or a pushing of the chips in for the kind of game-changing talent this series has proven the Celtics don't have at their disposal?
Meanwhile, on the other side of the court, Rajon Rondo was lofting a lob pass to rolling Chicago center Cristiano Felicio for an alley-oop dunk that would extend the Bulls' lead to 16. Here's the kicker, Rondo played more games than the three of them - combined (92 to 82). For those who really understand the game, they were packing the paint making us find shooters. I've been a little bit more aggressive offensively, but before the game, Jimmy and D-Wade kept telling me to shoot the ball and stay aggressive. Not to pile on Celtics fans, but for all the excitement of a young team grabbing that seed we're not talking about a juggernaut. "As a polished team we have to know when to take those shots and when not to". Keeping a wide rebounding margin would bode well for the Bulls.
Despite fielding an efficient offence in the regular season, the Celtics' attack has been largely neaturalised through two games. Brad Stevens might want to think about giving rookie Jaylen Brown more minutes as he only had 11 and didn't miss either of his 2 field goals. Boston's offense doesn't feature another player on who can create his own shot, so the Bulls need only stick a bigger defender on Thomas (or double team him) to shut down the Celtics attack; and then limit turnovers (which they definitely have with 12 overall) to avoid fast break opportunities.
If you lose a game because, say, because Bobby Portis goes ham, you might not feel all that anxious. "I told him tonight, 'way to control your team'".
The same can not be said for Thomas.
This Bulls team was better-suited for the playoffs rather than the regular season all along, and now that they've squeaked in someone has to pay for it. It's just all-out effort and you just gotta continue doing your job; the play never stops until a person gets the rebound. You're going to face a lot of adversity.