Lopez is a solid-enough rim protector down low, but many Bulls fans will testify that he frequently played poorly against stretch bigs that required attention on the perimeter throughout the season. You never want to give up the momentum as the first seed, in this way, to an eighth seed, but you particularly don't want to do it in a way that seems sustainable.
The Celtics need to start generating the turnovers that will allow them to get running in transition.
Their opponent, the Celtics were also carrying some momentum. The Lakers won the game 123-107, clinched the title and Magic was named Finals MVP.
As recently as March 17th-just over a month ago-the Chicago Bulls were in shambles.
Chicago got 19 points and nine rebounds from Portis in the opener.
Boston's defense has been inconsistent all season long, but getting back to their best on that end is the first place they have to start to have a chance in this series. Chicago's win also snapped the Celtics' six-game winning streak in such games. True, he fell to 2-10 in his three playoff seasons in Boston, including 2-5 at home. Now hold a 22-rebound advantage through two games of the series. Even away from the spotlight, the questions over, the three players continued talking, first among themselves and then with a growing group of team officials and friends.
The Bulls lead the series 2-0.
Jimmy Butler scored 22 points, Rajon Rondo finished one rebound shy of a triple-double and the Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 111-97 on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their series against the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Over in the East, the Bulls' dismantling of the Celtics has been by far the number one story, but how about Milwaukee giving the Raptors all they could handle while splitting the first two games in Toronto. Losers of seven of their previous eight games, including a 20-point beatdown by the Celtics in Boston, they were 32-37 and in very real danger of missing the playoffs. Kevin Durant looks to be 100 percent recovered from that late season knee sprain and the Warriors' array of offensive weapons is unmatched around the league. He scored 25 straight points for his team and 29 of the Cavaliers' final 30 points. It is appearing to be a task that not even Thomas can complete.
Boston will have two days to rest, and to reconfigure their game plan.
The Chicago Bulls needed a 7-3 finish and a tie-breaker just to get into the National Basketball Association play-offs as the eighth seeds. Game 3 will be different from the first two games of the series. But the Bulls are only converting at 46.9 per cent from the field and 35.3 per cent on 3-pointers, so it's not as if they're shooting lights out. Chicago's lead at the time doesn't help his case. Will Boston be able to make a comeback?