The Boston Celtics have finally turned their first-round series against the Chicago Bulls into just that…a series. The Celtics defeated the Chicago Bulls 104-87 on Friday night. The Celtics are now down 2-1 in this best of seven first round eastern conference match up with the momentum swinging into Boston’s favor for game 4.
Boston would gain control of the game right from the start and never looked back. They were up by as many as 20 points and had a great performance from their bench tonight. Terry Rozier was a key spark for the Celtics as he shot 66.7 percent from the field and 60 percent from three as he finished with 11 points.
Isaiah Thomas flew in late to Chicago from Washington after being with his family due to the passing of his younger sister Chyna (22). Thomas continues to play with a big heart as he finished the game with 16 points and nine assists. His back-court mate Avery Bradley had a helping hand in getting the Celtics back in the series as he contributed 15 points on 50 percent shooting in the game. Bradley stated in his post-game interview that all of the Celtics players were playing for Thomas and wanted to get the win for him.
“It’s been tough for him but we wanted to play for him and we wanted to play hard…we’re playing for his family and I’m happy we got the win tonight.” said Avery Bradley.
Bradley also spoke about some added motivation and inspiration for this game that came from former Celtic great Kevin Garnett. Bradley said prior to the game, Thomas played a video of Garnett speaking on what it means to be a Celtic. Also, how they should use Thomas’s situation to help them fight harder and not back down which is exactly what the Celtics did tonight.
Chicago lacked enthusiasm this game possibly due to missing their floor general Rajon Rondo, who is likely out the remainder of the series with a right thumb fracture. Jimmy Butler could not get himself going for much of the game and that’s got to change if the Bulls hope to make it to the next round.
The Celtics will try to get another win in Chicago to even the series on Sunday. Tip-off is @ 6:30pm on TNT.