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

Chicago Bulls swatted aside the top-seeded Boston Celtics 111-97 on Tuesday night at TD Garden for the second time off the back of a dogged team effort. He almost spun a triple-double in Game 2, reviving talk of "Playoff Rondo" with 11 points, 14 assists, nine rebounds and five steals.

The Bulls scored 32 points off Rondo's assists, the most points off assists by any Bulls player in franchise postseason history.

While the team has focused on stopping the stars like Butler and Wade, players like Robin Lopez (18 points), Paul Zipser and Bobby Portis have been the players to really hurt the Celtics.

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, left, is covered by Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade (3) and forward Cristiano Felicio (6) during the second quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, April 18, .

The Bulls and Celtics don't square off again until Friday, but here's three takeaways from Game 2 to tide you over until then.

Boston's Isaiah Thomas, playing a day after his 22-year-old sister, Chyna Thomas, was killed in a auto accident in their home state of Washington, scored 33 points.

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According to Bleacher Report, Thomas will play in both Games 2 and 3, his head coach, Brad Stevens, told reporters. We played against Boston back in the day, Rondo knew all the plays. Playing with a heavy heart, Isaiah Thomas then had to suit up for his team's playoff game against Chicago.

Thomas played very well in Game 1, and one expects him to come out with a fury in Game 2 as well.

After the game, the Celtics' Avery Bradley said Rondo was calling them out near the end of the game.

Derrick Favors, who had 15 points and six rebounds for the Jazz in Game 1, is expected to replace Gobert in the starting lineup.

Milwaukee will still fancy their chances heading back to Wisconsin for Games' 3 and 4 though, as their length again caused match-up problems for Dwane Casey's team. "That's what you hope you have in a team". "I think we did everything we wanted tonight".

"[But] if you can give the offense a different look, they go out a little further, it takes a little more time off the [shot] clock, all those things help". Not to say our teammates aren't going to support us as well, but we're family so it's different. Chicago was also a beast off the boards, out-rebounding the Celtics, 53-36. Have failed to score 100 points in three of their last four postseason games dating back to past year.


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