Sport Celtics face must-win situation against Bulls

19:51  21 april  2017
19:51  21 april  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Rajon Rondo has unreal explanation for apparent trip

  Rajon Rondo has unreal explanation for apparent trip Rajon Rondo was caught on video appearing to trip an opponent during Friday night’s playoff game between the Celtics and Bulls, and his explanation will blow you away. The Chicago point guard, who is out with a thumb injury, was asked about the attempted trip after the game. His explanation was that he was just stretching out:Bulls' Rajon Rondo denies trying to trip Celtics' Jae Crowder from the bench: "When you tear an ACL, your leg gets stiff on you." pic.twitter.com/OAjkWXYLTK— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) April 22, 2017Here’s video of the trip. It's interesting that he didn't even deny it.

CHICAGO — With his team in a 2-0 hole, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens can’t rule out any possibilities. So when the Celtics ’ first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Chicago Bulls shifts to the United Center on Friday night

Celtics face must - win situation against Bulls . STATS TSX. Apr 21, 2017. CHICAGO -- With his team in a 2-0 hole, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens can't rule out any possibilities.

CHICAGO -- With his team in a 2-0 hole, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens can't rule out any possibilities.

So when the Celtics' first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Chicago Bulls shifts to the United Center on Friday night, Stevens is leaving his options open -- even if that means changing how his team looked in two lopsided losses.

Meanwhile, the Bulls will look to replicate a game plan that provided them with two road victories over the top-seeded Celtics.

Watch an emotional Isaiah Thomas get introduced in Boston before Game 1 vs. Bulls

  Watch an emotional Isaiah Thomas get introduced in Boston before Game 1 vs. Bulls Isaiah's sister died in a car accident on Saturday

So when the Celtics ' first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Chicago Bulls shifts to the United Center on Friday night, Stevens is leaving his options open -- even if that means changing how his team looked in two lopsided losses. Meanwhile, the Bulls will look to replicate a game plan

Comment. The Chicago Bulls will play game one against the Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon. The Chicago Bulls front office faced a decision this past offseason. Bleacher Report 6d agoWith 2 ' Must - Win ' Games Left, Chicago Bulls Have a Dwyane Wade Problem.

However, the Bulls will have to do it without guard Rajon Rondo, who suffered a fractured right thumb in Game 2 on Tuesday night and will be out indefinitely, the team announced Friday. His injury will not require surgery.

Rondo is averaging 11.5 points, 10 assists and 8.5 rebounds in the Bulls' two victories over the Celtics.

"We have to continue to go out and play for each other," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Thursday before knowing the extent of Rondo's injury. "I know our guys aren't satisfied, and we have to continue to bring it, and I'm confident that our guys will."

The Celtics find themselves scrambling to right the ship before the series gets any worse for Boston than it already is. The team and star guard Isaiah Thomas are already dealing with the emotional pain that came when Thomas' sister, Chyna, was killed in a car accident last weekend.

Isaiah Thomas’s sister killed in car accident

  Isaiah Thomas’s sister killed in car accident Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas’s younger sister, Chyna Thomas, was killed in a car accident in Washington state early Saturday morning, a source close to the family confirmed. According to Washington State Patrol spokesman Nick King, the one-car crash involving Chyna Thomas’s 1998 Toyota Camry occurred at about 5 a.m. on Interstate 5 in Federal Way, Wash., which is about 15 miles northeast of Thomas’s hometown of Tacoma.King said that two witnesses observed the car slowly veer onto a patch of grass on the left shoulder of the road before striking a cement structure.

Celtics need a change of pace against Bulls . And because of that, the Celtics find themselves in a must - win situation .

The Celtics will win Game 2 tonight at the Garden against Bulls and even the series at one win each. And because of that, the Celtics find themselves in a must - win situation .

Thomas left to be with his family in Tacoma, Wash., on Wednesday and according to the Boston Herald, funeral arrangements were not yet complete. The Celtics traveled to Chicago without Thomas, who is expected to return to play in Game 3 on Friday night.

"This is really hard, this is super hard on Isaiah, you can tell," Stevens said Wednesday. "During the games and walkthroughs, he's trying his very best to focus. (Basketball) can be a guy's sanctuary. That's what the gym is for Isaiah. It alleviates the pain for a couple of hours. We are here to support him in any which way we can. It's tough, a challenge, but it's what we're supposed to do."

Stevens also faces the challenge of rallying his team after back-to-back losses. While he said he wouldn't take possible lineup changes off the table, Stevens added that his team needs to focus on the small things and make changes on a possession-by-possession basis rather than trying to figure out how to make up for all of the shortcomings that put the Celtics in the hole they find themselves in.

Isaiah Thomas will play in Game 1 following sister's death

  Isaiah Thomas will play in Game 1 following sister's death Isaiah Thomas will suit up amid tragedy. While the Boston Celtics point guard is "struggling," he intends to play in Sunday's first-round series opener versus the Chicago Bulls, head coach Brad Stevens announced.The contest comes just one day after Thomas' sister, Chyna, was killed in a car accident.It was possible the 28-year-old would forego playing in the game to return to his hometown of Tacoma, Wash., to be with his family. Instead, the All-Star participated in Boston's walk-through and will be in the starting lineup for the 6:30 p.m. ET tip at TD Garden.

The eighth-seeded Chicago Bulls travel to face the top-seeded Boston Celtics Tuesday night. Boston, knowing that they are in a near must win situation , squares the series here. Chicago can ill afford to solely rely on Butler, especially given his struggles in the regular season against the Celtics .

Fred Hoiberg’s men are desperate to book their place in the Eastern Conference play-offs and they face a must - win situation in Thursday’s clash against Cleveland Cavaliers. Nonetheless, Boston Celtics are breathing down their neck, meaning that Thursday’s game against Chicago Bulls is of big

"We need to go to Chicago and steal two from them just like they did to us," guard Avery Bradley said. "That's our mentality ... now it's our job to go out there and prove it."

For his part, Hoiberg will continue to stress the little things that gave the Bulls the advantage as they head back to Chicago.

The Chicago bench also played a major role in the first two games. On Thursday, Hoiberg praised reserves Bobby Portis and Paul Zipser for their parts in Chicago's success.

Hoiberg also likes the pace and unselfishness the Bulls played with in Boston. Given the resiliency and road poise he expects to see from the Celtics starting Friday night, he wants to keep things as status quo as possible moving forward.

"It's about everybody on your roster playing a part," Hoiberg said. "That's what it's all about this time of year is going out and playing your role to the best of your abilities and doing your job."

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Butler, Bulls rally to beat Celtics 106-102 in series opener .
<p>Jimmy Butler had 30 points and nine rebounds and the Chicago Bulls outlasted Boston 106-102 in Game 1 on Sunday on an emotional night for grieving Celtics star Isaiah Thomas.</p>BOX SCORE:  BULLS 106, CELTICS 102

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