Jimmy Butler gets control late as Bulls stun Celtics to consider 1- lead, home-court advantage

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– shot worse from field
– shot worse from three
– Had more turnovers
– Only had 4 more FTA that came when in final minute
– won game

Bulls outrebounded Celtics by 17 overall within their 2 regular seasons wins versus Boston, Bulls outrebounded them by 19 and 20

Despite entering the 2017 National basketball association playoffs because the No. 1 seed within the Eastern Conference, several people from the Boston Celtics apparently felt disrespected by national observers who endured in picking the 2nd-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers within the Celtics to visit the National basketball association Finals. (Cough.) Boston’s bid to demonstrate the doubters wrong departed to some rough begin Sunday, using the No. 8 seed Chicago Bulls entering TD Garden and stunning the C’s.

What’s promising for that Celtics is the fact that history’s still on their own side here …

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But Thomas’ heroics, a powerful game from Horford (19 points, eight assists, seven rebounds in 40 minutes, although the final 17 1/2 of individuals featured zero rebounds) and 14 3-pointers weren’t enough to beat the shotmaking of Butler and Portis, or Chicago’s capability to clean the glass:

As @rapsfan1237 stated, i was a C.J. Miles jumper from the Cavaliers, Celtics and Raptors all being lower -1.

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Lopez, who joined with 22 career postseason games under his belt from his days using the Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers, just stored busting Boston up inside, scoring 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting with 11 rebounds. Eight of individuals came around the offensive glass, together with a huge board in traffic with 1:41 left that forced a foul and sent him towards the line for 2 free throws that put Chicago up 99-92 late.

They’ll can even some misconception when Game 2 tips off at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

The Bulls have forfeit 5 of the last 7 playoff series when going for a 1- lead.

… and set the celts, who won 53 games this year but split their season series with Chicago 2-2, inside a precarious predicament.

The Bulls battered Boston around the boards within the first half and Jimmy Butler required in the 2nd, leading Chicago to some 106-102 win that wrested away home-court advantage in the East’s top seed. The upset ongoing a harrowing opening weekend from the postseason for teams towards the top of the Eastern bracket …

Celtics were outscored by 16 within the ten minutes Isaiah sitting, incidentally.

Former Celtics hero Rajon Rondo likewise battled with inefficiency, requiring 15 shots to attain 12 points, but he added seven rebounds, six dimes, two steals along with a block with only one turnover in the 27 minutes. Butler’s greatest boost, though, originated from the frontcourt, where big men Robin Lopez and Bobby Portis dominated Boston around the interior to assist spark Chicago to some 53-36 rebounding edge, including 20 offensive rebounds.

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Regardless of the Bulls’ late-4th rally, the celts managed to get interesting within the closing moments. After Butler split a set of free throws to provide Chicago a 104-97 lead with 19 seconds remaining, Thomas — having fun with huge heart after losing his 22-year-old sister, Chyna, inside a vehicle crash on Saturday — drilled a pull-up 3-pointer to obtain Boston within four at 104-100 with 14 seconds left.

This really is typically the way the Bulls win—outrebound other team, Butler is Butler and also have some unpredicted big night from someone. Portis tonite

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“When we don’t rebound, we do not win the series.” – @celtics Jae Crowder.

Following a quiet start that saw him miss seven of his first nine shots, Butler came alive late within the third quarter, scoring eight points within the closing 1:28 from the frame to help keep the score knotted at 74 heading in to the final 12 minutes. He stored pressure on within the 4th, scoring 15 just below nine minutes of floor time — a brand new playoff career-high for single-quarter scoring for that All-Star swingman — to assist fuel a 16-6 run that switched an 88-87 Celtics lead with 5:33 remaining right into a 103-94 Bulls advantage following a Butler layup wth 47 seconds to visit.

… but they’ll have to submit a far greater effort to obtain level, and also to demand the respect they need.

— A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) April 17, 2017

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