Celtics' Thomas: Days since sister died hardest of my life

"And that's where your confidence always comes from".

Rondo's first (and possibly last) season with the Chicago Bulls has been predictably rocky, but every few games, the 31-year-old former All-Star still manages to do something that makes your jaw drop. Chicago held a 43-38 rebounding edge for the game. While there are players on the roster who can provide a boost of energy for Boston, it has to be a collective thing if it's going to truly work.

The Celtics are in a 2-0 hole to the Chicago Bulls, but Danny Ainge isn't panicking just yet. I did feel in Game 2 that we let our emotions get the best of us. Chicago has outrebounded the Celtics by 22 in just the first two games.

Yes, Rondo was running the offense like a maestro, but the Bulls can adjust.

With all that said, the Boston Celtics generally will not have the best player on the court in the playoffs, especially in the East. But they all know that they'll need more than that to win.

Chicago again used its big men to push the Celtics out of the paint and was quicker to the ball in a lot of 50-50 situations. We've got young guys that are stepping in, we've got to make sure that they're comfortable.

They were prepared to take a 2-0 lead.

- Kyle Lowry's stepback jumper with under 10 seconds left in the game helped seal Toronto's win over Milwaukee. It is only the second time in National Basketball Association history that a No. 8 seed has led a No. 1 seed 2-0. "I guess we're doing this for him now". He's a competitor, he's a fighter. But I'm having a tough time believing this is how the season is actually going to end for the C's.

Celtics' Isaiah Thomas, who flew to Tacoma, Washington, yesterday to attend the funeral of his younger sister, Chyna, who was killed in a vehicle crash, scored 20 points but was just six of 15 from the floor, including one of five from three-point range. I'm thinking this series should be wrapped up in 4 or 5 games as an underachieving Bulls squad is finally playing up to their potential. Self-dubbed the "Three Alphas" before the season began, the trio ended up playing a huge role in the team's stunning victory, combining for 55 points, 24 assists, and 21 rebounds in the victory. Scored 46 points in the first half of both Games 1 and 2.

Honestly, a first-round loss for Boston would no doubt leave Celtics fans and GM Danny Ainge with nothing to say, but Centuries of Damn.

"Tonight, our job was easy".

  • Loretta Pittman