Bulls early surprise of playoffs after taking 2 at Boston


They are also seeking to become just the sixth team in National Basketball Association history to eliminate a No. 1 seed in the first round since the league switched to a 16-team playoff format in 1984. Neither did Dwyane Wade. Now, they will play their next two games in front of their own fans, who will undoubtedly be re-energized by the Bulls' unexpected, and nearly unprecedented, series lead. I get three or four days of prep on a team, lock into their game plan, and I'm playing plus minutes.

If Boston gets some lottery luck, would Thomas be placed on the trading block with a year to go before free agency and the prospect of a contract of almost $200 million? Chicago also split with Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol, helping clear the way for young players such as Bobby Portis to get more time.

The big Game Two effort followed a Game One in which Rondo contributed 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists. After a productive summer, one that certainly got fans' hopes up, their season turned out to be lackluster. But we are in this position.

According to King, the essential argument as to why Boston didn't make a deal in February - even for a role player to add to the mix, let alone for a star - is that the Celtics decided they weren't good enough, and didn't want to waste any assets to build up a team the front office didn't believe in. Game 3 will be different from the first two games of the series. For Wade, the surprise success is completely new, but he is running with it.

"There's flaws with them, there's flaws with us, " Wade said Thursday.

Crowder said the first two games of this series hasn't been a reflection on how Boston can play. This is uncharted waters for all of us. But what we can do is what we've started to do.

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When it comes to a playoff series, the team with the best player usually wins.

The Celtics-Bulls game is the first of three Game 3s on Friday night. Complacent in the fact that they, an 8th seed, just stole home court advantage from the top seeded Boston Celtics. They've not only dropped two games in a row to start the series, they have looked really bad doing it.

"Even if we can get them out of their sets, even if we can get someone else bringing the ball up the court, whatever it is, we have to try to do that as a team", he said, subtly implying that the team could employ a full-court press during Game 3.

"Just those things, you can definitely see that".

"I just stayed in the gym and worked", Rondo said. We understand what we have and we understand what our capabilities are, but we also understand that we're playing a tough team. I'm not saying I'm gonna always come through, but I enjoy the moment when it's time for me to make [plays]. The total has gone UNDER in eight of the Thunder's last 10 home games against the Rockets. I've been a little bit more aggressive offensively, but before the game, Jimmy and D-Wade kept telling me to shoot the ball and stay aggressive.