Of course, there was the infamous spat Rondo had with Wade and Butler where he questioned their leadership skills and effort in a post on his Instagram account.
In Toronto, Kyle Lowry bounced back from a lackluster game one as the Raptors beat the Bucks 106-100 to level their series at one game each.
The Bulls used several quick spurts to control the game, the last one the 10-0 burst that built a 19-point lead in the fourth quarter.
The Celtics, who lost the first two games of their playoff series against the Bulls, had an off-day Wednesday and will travel to Chicago on Thursday.
The Chicago Bulls took the first game of their first-round series against the Boston Celtics, serving notice that they were not going to be an easy out. And they wouldn't be doing it if the "3 Alphas" hadn't come to a meeting of the minds. Miss or make shots, we have to be aggressive like that. But to be fair to Iverson, he did lead his team to a Finals appearance.
This is no fluke lead.
Dwyane Wade also scored 22 points, while Rajon Rondo had a vintage performance against his former team.
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He used to come home and say, 'They gave me a standing ovation, ' and [he] was so shocked. "My dad was a humble person". Robinson's 94-year-old widow, Rachel, also is scheduled to be there, along with Sharon and David , the Robinsons' son.
Isaiah Thomas didn't have to thank anyone. And role players like Bobby Portis in Game 1 and Paul Zipser in Game 2 have delivered steady, heady play. He only got eight shots in the first game and only 13 in the second game, but he's a special talent and deserves to have more. During the regular season, Boston owned a defensive rebound rate of 76.6 percent in its 53 wins.
"If you want to go get the ball, you're going to go get the ball". It gave them some rhythm and it hurt us.
It's prudent to remember that defensive rebound rate is not the primary indicator of team success.
It was hard to see the Bulls in this position. "He's trying to get back as quick as he can", Snyder said. "Butler has shown he cannot only guard Thomas effectively-at 6'7", he has almost a foot on the 5'9" Thomas-but he's willing, as he did in the fourth quarter of Game Two, to defer to Wade when the 2006 Finals MVP heats up.
Butler is averaging 26 points through the first two games.
But Rondo is proving the biggest revelation. He put up a near triple-double with 11 points, nine rebounds and 14 assists plus five steals. I thought a playoff appearance would be brief and tragic, and just enough to keep GarPax and their handpicked coach around. "Sometimes when I'm not open I also shoot the ball". But Bradley said while the team continues to grieve for him, it can't be a distraction when they are on the court. A common scene in the postgame locker room is for Rondo to loudly call to the video coordinator for an iPad filled with clips he needs to study for the next game. As somebody who played against him.
"We're all praying for him, the National Basketball Association family's behind him", Durant said. "Hated him competitively. Hated him is a respect". What hasn't been a surprise though, is Boston's lacklustre play when Thomas heads to the bench. "He messes up your first option and then he knows the second option. I think the biggest thing we have to do is be forward-looking and prepare for Friday".