Bulls top Celtics, take 2-0 series lead

Owen Stevens
April 19, 2017

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) looks to pass under pressure from Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon (13) during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, in Toronto. Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston's 111-97 Game 2 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Thomas was playing his second game since losing his sister in a auto accident and was visibly upset as head coach Brad Stevens pulled him from the game in the waning seconds.

Meanwhile, the Celtics have turned Bulls center Robin Lopez into the second coming of Wilt Chamberlain, as Lopez has a combined 13 offensive rebounds through the first two games to spearhead a dominant Bulls effort inside.

According to an official statement released by the franchise on Monday afternoon, Boston Celtics' starting point guard Isaiah Thomas is planning to play in each of the team's next two games against the Chicago Bulls.

After getting thoroughly pushed around underneath in Game 1, the Celtics grabbed the first four rebounds of the night while scoring the game's first seven points.

But in each instance the Celtics seemed just around the corner from a comeback, they would run into a red-and-black clad wall that consistently delivered the kind of push back that Boston never seemed capable of responding to.

For the second straight game, the Bulls flipped a switch that rarely appeared during their tumultuous regular season. Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley combined for just 11-of-30 shooting from the field.

"We knew he was gong to be more aggressive, we knew he was going to get his shot off", Antetokounmpo said.

"We're always going to support each other", Bradley said.

Jordan finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Chris Paul added 21 points and 10 assists for the Clippers, who crushed the Jazz in the paint, 60-38.

Thomas scored 20 but couldn't weave his way around Butler, Rondo and Wade. You're going to face a lot of adversity.

Thomas, whose sister Chyna, 22, died in a one-car accident near Seattle over the weekend, is expected to join his family in Washington after Game 2 in Boston.

Wade said the Bulls' performance so far in this series is a testament to how much they've grown.

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