"It would have been hard to criticize Isaiah Thomas if he had chosen to sit out Game 1 of the playoffs against the Chicago Bulls, but that was not an option for the 5′ 9" guard for the Celtics.
Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas traveled home to Tacoma, Washington, on Wednesday morning to be with his grieving family following the death of his younger sister. "I've seen him in the trenches before, and he's always bounced back". Jimmy Butler, who averaged just under 24 points per game during the regular season, scored 30 points.
Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 20, but while Utah repeatedly fought back from double-digit deficits they couldn't get the gap under six points in the fourth quarter. "He's a competitor. He's a fighter".
Game 3: Raptors at Bucks, 5 p.m.
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. Have failed to score 100 points in three of their last four postseason games dating back to a year ago.More news: Hackers Target Snapchat After CEO Calls India 'Poor Country'
Jae Crowder matched his career playoff high with 16 points and said the Celtics were far from done.
Now, they'll have to keep that intensity on the road as they try to regain the home court advantage they surrendered in dropping game one of the best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series in Los Angeles.
Game 3: Clippers at Jazz, 7 p.m.
After an up and down year, in which the Bulls seemed to play their best against the top teams in the National Basketball Association, yet play down to the bad teams in the National Basketball Association, the Bulls will have to bring their best to upset the Celtics.
"Sometimes that becomes a function of guys pressing and guys feeling that things aren't going our way", Stevens said. I get three or four days of prep on a team, lock into their game plan, and I'm playing plus minutes.