Their output has caught up to those desires so far during the postseason.
While some might be shocked by how Chicago has played as a No. 8 seed that was just 41-41, Butler made it clear he's not one of those folks. He signed a two-year, $47 million deal with the Bulls last summer and still has $23.8 million left for 2017-2018. Dwyane Wade scored eight of those points. "That's where your confidence always comes from". The good news is the Bulls had won six of seven to finish out the regular season. 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.
While both the Hawks and Wizards had much better regular seasons than the Bulls, Chicago has a chance to reach the Eastern Conference Finals if they can get past Boston. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live.
The word "embarrassing" certainly sums it up, as they now travel to Chicago for Games 3 and 4 on Friday and Sunday.
Yes, Rondo was running the offense like a maestro, but the Bulls can adjust.
The Bulls won two games this week in front of a very unfriendly crowd in Boston. We know what we're capable of. The Bulls outscored the Celtics in the paint 32-20 for the half. "It's a lot going on these couple days right before the playoffs with the Isaiah situation", said Boston's Marcus Smart. Conversely, Boston needs others to take notes and step up. Regardless, when the lower seed has taken a 2-0 lead, they are 28-3.
John Wall earned chants of "M-V-P!" while finishing with 32 points and nine assists, including the dish to Beal for his shot from beyond the arc with 38 seconds remaining that sealed the win for the hosts. Now hold a 22-rebound advantage through two games of the series. And social-media warriors in Boston already moved on to the NBA Draft by halftime of Game 2. "They have and we haven't", he said. We feel it too; when he goes through something we all go through it.
Isaiah Thomas, who will fly to Tacoma today to attend the funeral of his younger sister, Chyna, who was killed in a road accident, had an off-night. Surgery won't be needed, the team said. We understand what we have and we understand what our capabilities are, but we also understand that we're playing a tough team. But no question about it, what happens throughout this year as I go into my summer, I'll definitely take a look at it.