Their output has caught up to those desires so far during the postseason.
The Boston Celtics are down 0-2 to the Chicago Bulls, but this has been an incredibly tough week for star guard Isaiah Thomas for reasons unrelated to basketball. Rondo, a former Celtic who won a championship in Boston, just missed the 11th triple-double of his playoff career with 11 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds. It turns out even Dwyane Wade is surprised by it.
"Everybody is putting in the extra work- watching film and working on their game- and that's where your confidence always comes from", said Jimmy Butler after the game. Thomas played in both Games 1 and 2, and coach Brad Stevens said Thomas was flying into Chicago Thursday night ahead of Friday's Game 3. It'll take some heart if the Celtics want to turn this around. The top-seeded Celtics trail the best-of-7 series 0-2.
If the Bulls are able to get past Boston in the first round, they will face the victor of the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks in round two. This is a seven-game series. If there is one weakness of the Boston Celtics, that would be rebounding. But once you've got that one, now it's just another game.
The Celtics find themselves scrambling to right the ship before the series gets any worse for Boston than it already is. The Bulls outscored the Celtics in the paint 32-20 for the half. "I still feel a lot of hope".
Marcus Smart's frustrated flip of his middle finger toward a fan has earned the Boston Celtics guard a $25,000 fine by the National Basketball Association. We don't know how the ball is going to bounce.
Also, as per the numbers, the Boston Celtics are getting beat up in the rebounding column and second chance points. Now hold a 22-rebound advantage through two games of the series. If there is a Game 5 in this series, it will be April 26 in Boston. Unlike the last two postseasons, the C's are playing at full health.
"You play the 82 games to learn a little bit about yourself", he said. We've still got to go out there.
Isaiah Thomas has played with a heavy heart after the death of his sister Chyna. There aren't many details in regards to how severe the injury is, but the team did say that it would not require surgery.
"We have to play hard no matter what", Bradley said. But no question about it, what happens throughout this year as I go into my summer, I'll definitely take a look at it. You aren't going to trade him. "The best teams overcome any type of adversity". Chicago's win also snapped the Celtics' six-game winning streak in such games.