Bulls halfway to history; Raptors, Clippers rebound

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Isaiah Thomas, who left for Tacoma this morning to finally be with his family following the death of his younger sister, Chyna, released a statement today - his first public words since her death in a vehicle crash last Saturday.

"I never imagined a day where my little sister, Chyna, wouldn't be here", Thomas began in his statement, released on Wednesday afternoon. And for the second time in as many games, the Bulls knocked off the Celtics 111-97 to become just the second No. 8 seed in National Basketball Association history to post wins in the first two games of a playoff series. That may change tomorrow, with the Celtics tentatively scheduled to hold a practice at the United Center after arriving in Chicago tomorrow afternoon. Game 3 is Friday in Chicago. Head coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday the league hasn't contacted him about any discipline for Smart, but he's still not pleased with his 23-year-old guard. "One thing I learned about this team is through adverse situations, this team sticks together". "But as a team we have to stay together". Many believe that the front office would use the performance of the star to lure other teams to offer more valuable assets to acquire him by the offseason. Boston's going to win a game or two in this series, but to win four out of five with the way they're playing right now doesn't look likely.

Smart's gesture came after he missed a three-pointer with the Bulls up by 14 points in a game in which the Celtics, the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference, were booed periodically by their home fans.

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Game 4: Cavaliers at Pacers, 10 a.m. We just had to play. "It has to. That has to happen, and that's the charge for our team".

Said Rondo: "For the playoffs, for me in particular, you get a couple extra days of rest for the body".

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