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Bulls' Rajon Rondo mocked Celtics by saying 'they gave up'

21 April 2017, 08:11 | Joan Schultz

Bulls' Rajon Rondo mocked Celtics by saying 'they gave up'

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

The eighth-seeded Chicago Bulls, getting a balanced attack led by a vintage Rajon Rondo floor game, cruised by the top-seeded Boston Celtics 111-97 on Tuesday night to take a stunning 2-0 lead in an Eastern Conference first-round playoff 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.

Wade and Jimmy Butler led six Bulls in double figures with 22 points apiece, while Robin Lopez had 18, Paul Zipser 16 off the bench and Nikola Mirotic 13.

Through two games of their first-round playoff series with the Chicago Bulls the Celtics don't look like a team that should have stood pat at the trade deadline or one that can stick around past the first round of the playoffs.

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.

The 28-year-old star's status for Game 2 was up in the air, following the death of his sister, Chyna Thomas, 22, in a tragic auto crash on April 15.

Guard Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics will fly to Tacoma, Wash., on Wednesday to join his grieving family following the death of his younger sister.

Police said Chyna Thomas died at the scene of the accident around 5:00 am Saturday in Federal Way, Washington, located 35 kilometres (22 miles) south of Seattle. No funeral date is set, and Stevens said the Celtics organization hopes to attend. Scored 46 points in the first half of both Games 1 and 2. As I told him, way to run your team. Can Boston recover in Game 2 on April 18?

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Anytime you lose a home playoff game it is not good but it happens. "Definitely Game 3 is just one game, but it's going to be the biggest game of our season and we want to approach it with that mindset and try to go out there and get another 'W, '" Rondo said. No one would blame Thomas for missing a game.

Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 24 points and 15 rebounds.

Game 3 will be held in Chicago.

It was so unacceptable that Stevens made it the focal point of his post-Game 1 coaching plan.

Bulls were also indebted to veteran Dwyane Wade, who once again proved he is still the man for the big occasion by scoring eight of Bulls' 10-0 fourth-quarter surge to kill off the game.

As you can imagine, not many players in Bulls franchise history have recorded 10 assists and five steals in a playoff game.

Toronto led by one going into the fourth quarter, when the scored 11 straight points to stretch the lead to 12.

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