The Celtics were cooked after losing two straight at home to open the first round of the playoffs. Isaiah Thomas wasn’t the same guy after losing his sister in a car accident hours prior to game 1; The Bulls’ backcourt was doing whatever they wanted; Marcus Smart was flipping off Boston fans.
I wrote about how Rajon Rondo was killing his former team; he knows how to get it done in the playoffs and plays best with the lights on. His importance in this series is even more evident now after missing the last two games with a thumb injury, games in which the Celtics won on the Bulls home court to tie the series.
It’s also clear that Thomas is naturally playing like himself again; he completely took over game four in Chicago, and he was the main reason the Bulls couldn’t complete their 20-point comeback in the third quarter.
Now, tied at 2-2, the Celtics have a great shot to take a 3-2 lead with Rondo still sidelined. All momentum is with the Celtics, but they still haven’t won a home game in this series. It should be fun, especially considering these postgame comments from Jimmy Butler after his game-four confrontation with Marcus Smart.
Jimmy Butler just went all the way in on Marcus Smart pic.twitter.com/GMlmzsXvoS
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) April 24, 2017