Despite getting booed, Rajon Rondo says Celtics fans 'are great'

Former Celtic Rajon Rondo contributed 11 assists and was one rebound away from a triple-double as the Bulls pulled away in the final moments of the game.

Given the Bulls' inconsistency this season, there is still some hope for the Celtics, but the first step toward getting back into the series is entering Game 3 with a better mindset than they left Game 2 with.

The 8-seeded Chicago Bulls stole Game 1 and home-court advantage from the top-seeded Boston Celtics behind a big game from Jimmy Butler and a big advantage on the offensive glass.

Boston Celtics' star player, Isaiah Thomas, had an emotional first round matchup against the Chicago Bulls after finding out his sister's death just hours before the game.

Isaiah Thomas, who lost his 22-year old sister to a auto accident a day before Game 1, put up a gallant performance with 33 points.

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According to head coach Brad Stevens, Thomas is expected to play in Game 2 tonight and then fly home to Washington for his sister's funeral and to be with his family.

Chyna Thomas died early Saturday in a one-car accident outside Tacoma. The Bulls had a 28-20 first half rebounding edge with a 32-20 points in the paint edge.

Chicago hauled down an awesome 20 offensive rebounds to win for the eighth time in its last 11 games. When Thomas hit his first points of the game, a 3-pointer, the TD Garden crowd cheered loudly with an ovation.

Now, obviously, the Celtics aren't making any excuses, as Al Horford told reporters "We're never going to make excuses, but this is hard".

Jae Crowder led Boston with eight rebounds yesterday and he plays small forward for them. The Bulls shot 58 percent when the shot was created by Rondo in Game 2.

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Given the tragedy Thomas suffered before Game 1 it's testament to the guard's fortitude that he is even playing this series.

"If those guys want to listen, I try to give as much advice as possible", Rondo said.

The Bulls used several quick spurts to control this game, the last one a 10-0 burst to build a 19-point lead in the fourth quarter.

There was nothing that prompted Hoiberg to bench Rondo in Game 2, as he sat for a grand total of just eight minutes on the night. But just to give them a different look, if you get their offense out a little further, if it takes a little bit more time off the clock, all those things help. "So we all got to be prepared but, whatever it takes".

"For the playoffs, me in particular, you get a couple of extra days rest for the body", he said after downing the Celtics, 111-97.

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