Lowry bounces back, Raptors edge Bucks to even series at 1-1

Doyle BarkerApr 20, 2017

Having two players such as Butler and Wade gives the Bulls a good chance if they can keep the games close going into the 4 quarter.

Smart was hit with a $25,000 fine Wednesday after flipping off the crowd Tuesday at TD Garden.

The series shifts to Chicago on Friday in what is essentially a must-win Game 3 at the United Center.

After landing a max-contract free agent, showing marked improvement to grab the one seed over the defending champions and raising expectations, the Boston Celtics are somehow back on the verge of another first-round exit in the playoffs. The Washington Wizards traded for Bojan Bogdanovic and signed Brandon Jennings for a bench that was lacking. Likewise, height isn't necessarily an excuse for rebounding woes, as the Cleveland Cavaliers were the second-shortest team to start the season and finished in the top 12 in defensive rebound percentage.

Boston stood pat. It watched DeMarcus Cousins get traded to the New Orleans Pelicans for what was roundly considered a below-market offer but didn't make a move for him. The Bulls have rebounded well enough to wonder if the Celtics can recover.

The Celtics entered the 2016-17 season with the smallest roster in the league. "That's just who he is". They won their final three consecutive games.

"Sometimes that becomes a sign that guys are pressing, and feeling that things can not go our way", Stevens said. Here's the kicker, Rondo played more games than the three of them - combined (92 to 82). It is about figuring out how to get all this talent to work together, to make things as hard as possible on the Bulls team. "As I told him, "Way to run your team". I wasn't upset at all.

I know what Rondo brings. We didn't just wanna get in. I don't know what it is. It made us better, communicate better. "And when your point guard, your leader is prepared, we're all prepared".

They were without the defensive standout again in Game Two and in his absence, the Clippers outscored the Jazz in the paint, 60-38. "There's a taste in your mouth when you go on one of those spurts, something you try to get back".

"I can't wait for (tomorrow) night's game". Isaiah has been able to play in both games, and I think that's probably been a time when he can have his mind away from the hurt and away from the pain.

Earlier Wednesday, Celtics coach Brad Stevens called Smart's his actions "unacceptable". And, more notably, from Marcus Smart, who appeared to flip off a fan after missing a 3-point attempt during the fourth quarter.

Fizdale blasted the officiating in a almost two-minute tirade during his postgame interview Monday night, calling the work of veteran crew Danny Crawford, Rodney Mott and Bill Spooner "unprofessional" and "unacceptable" before slamming his fist on a table and storming off. But there is no more comfort to take in writing it off as an isolated disappointment following the lifeless display in Game 2, a 111-97 loss that only reiterated how real Boston's problems in this series truly are. "Rebounding is 95 percent effort, 5 percent technique", Butler said.

The Chicago Bulls powered past the Boston Celtics 111-97 Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead over the Eastern Conference top seeds in their National Basketball Association playoff series, while the Toronto Raptors avoided falling into an 0-2 hole.

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