Many people give the Chicago Bulls the “best” chance to pull a first round upset but it’s hard to picture even the most ardent fans to believe they will do it this way.
Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade scored 22 points apiece and Rajon Rondo nearly posted a triple-double as the 8-seeded Chicago Bulls took a 2-0 lead on the No. 1 seed Boston Celtics with a 111-97 victory in Game 2 on Tuesday.
Rondo finished with 11 points, 14 assists, nine rebounds and five steals while Robin Lopez added 18 points and eight rebounds (five offensive) for Chicago.
The Bulls shot 51 percent from the floor and led by as many as 19 points in the win.
The Celtics are the first No. 1 seed to trail 0-2 since the Phoenix Suns against the Los Angeles Lakers in 1993.
It wasn’t so much that the Celtics lost both games at home, but how they did, with season-long issues biting them at the worst possible time. Boston can’t rebound and can’t generate offense sans 5-foot-9 dynamo Isaiah Thomas (team-high 20 points) doing everything humanly possible — at a time when that might be too heavy a burden to bear — and the C’s compounded those problems by playing sloppy and listless basketball, committing 16 turnovers and being out-rebounded again by the Bulls.
“Game 3 is a must-win for us,” said Celtics big man Al Horford.
“It’s not the ideal situation for us,” added Boston’s Jae Crowder (playoff career-high 16 points). “You definitely don’t put yourself down 0-2 at home, but it’s not the end of the world for us. We feel like we’ve got the unit, we’ve got the togetherness to go out to Chicago and get Game 3 and take care of business. Obviously, it’s not ideal for us go down 0-2 at home, but I feel like we can bounce back.”
Game 3 is Friday in Chicago.