Rondo roasts his old team to put Chicago up 2-0 in blowout fashion
Ramón Rondo had great moments as a member of the Boston Celtics, but this time he hit them where it hurts. Coming after a lackluster game 1, Rondo propelled the Bulls to 111-97 win over No.1 seed Boston Celtics, giving them a 2-0 lead and taking home court. Rondo turned back the clock to his days in the green and white with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 14 assists. Serving as the key catalyst in giving the Bulls full command in this series.
He was not alone though, Jimmy Butler would live up to his ‘Lebron James’ comparison by teammate Dwyane Wade. Butler would contribute offensively and defensively and was a driving force in what would become a blowout win. Butler would end the game with 22 points, 8 rebound and 8 assists including a huge block on Isaiah Thomas late in the game. The Bulls controlled the tempo of the game, forcing 16 Celtic turnovers and shooting 40 percent from three-point range.
Late in the game, Wade would come alive and prove to be the closer that the Bulls were looking for. No shade towards Butler, but Wade has been there before and showed up to seal the deal for the Bulls. Down the stretch, Wade hit jumper after jumper on his way to 22 points as well on 9 of 16 shooting.
Trouble In BeanTown
The Celtics were hot to end the season and locked up the No.1 seed over the Cleveland Cavaliers, but have not been playing as such to start the postseason. Isaiah Thomas has generally played well, 33 points in game 1 and 20 points in game 2. But other than Thomas, the rest of the Celtics have not played to their highest capability.
Jae Crowder and Al Horford combined for 23 points on 9 of 19 shooting, resulting in a -12 and -19 BPM. Avery Bradley was no better, shooting a dismal 5 of 15 from the field and didn’t have a single free-throw attempt in game 2. If the Celtics want to get back into this series, the other guys are going to have to give the IT guy some technical support. I believe Marcus Smart can be the boost that the Celtics need as he gave them a spark in the second quarter on his way to 13 points in just 27 minutes.
As the #TNTBulls win again on the network, they’ve become hot at the right time against a team with high expectations entering the postseason. Using their playoff experience and physicality to dictate the pace of the game. With now having the home court advantage, the Bulls were 25-16 at home during the regular season, with the Celtics being 23-18 on the road.
The Celtics will have to make adjustments on both sides of the ball to not end up like the 06-07 Dallas Mavericks and lose to the No.8 seed in the first round. It’s not impossible to come back from an 0-2 deficit, but it’s only been done 16 times in NBA history.