So far this postseason, he’s done just that. With a home court advantage firmly in their hands, the Bulls would likely be happy to take a split out of the next two games.
“I’m a supporting man”, Wade said. But that’s where the Boston Celtics now stand, down 0-2 in their first round series with the No. 8 seed Chicago Bulls. Dwyane Wade scored eight of those points.
“Everybody’s putting in extra work, watching that film, working on their game”. After all, Chicago is 8-2 straight-up and 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 home games against the Celtics, according to the Oddshark NBA Database.
If Boston can make a few more 3 pointers and open shots they’ll be in a great position to win this series. Chicago held a 43-38 rebounding edge for the game. They’ve outrebounded the Celtics in both games, using their height and size to dominate the paint against the shorter and slighter Boston players.
Series: Bulls lead 2-0.
But it may be the last chance the Celtics have to save themselves from a stunning freefall that a No. 1 seed has never experienced in National Basketball Association history. If there is one weakness of the Boston Celtics, that would be rebounding. You’re just trying to get one, that’s your focus.
The Celtics will try to loosen up tonight against the Bulls. Boo birds could even be heard during the second half of Game 2.
Celtics forward Jae Crowder acknowledged that something has to change for the Celtics.
Jazz: Gobert, who injured his knee just 17 seconds into the series opener, joined two assistant coaches for a pregame meal in the media dining room, an area rarely visited by players. I know what’s at stake, I know we have a lot of things we can move around and things like that, but I wasn’t really paying too much attention to it.
The Bulls, meanwhile, finished the regular season with a +0.4 point differential and a projected win total of 42. He missed nine games in December after spraining his right wrist, then missed six games in February with back spasms, slowing his momentum.
“Hated him as a competitor”, Wade said.
“That’s the thing”, Oladipo said, “when you have games like this, you go back to the basics”. But considering the Celtics are only the second No. 1 seed to go down 0-2 to a No. 8 in National Basketball Association history, these reactions are justified.
There is no laughing matter for the Celtics, particularly in light of Isaiah Thomas losing his sister in an automobile accident last Saturday. Brad Stevens and others in the Celtics organization openly acknowledged that this team was not as good as their record led people to believe. Well, Boston’s reserves need to give a strong collective effort, and they, along with the starters, must prevent all of Chicago’s bench players from going off.
The 1992-93 Phoenix Suns overcame such a deficit against the Lakers, sweeping the rest of the best-of-five series and making it all the way to the NBA Finals. Online shop SportsInteraction.com current has Boston at +230 to win the series while Chicago is priced at -357.