Butler is averaging 26 points through the first two games.
He just missed his 11th play-off triple-double, finishing with 11 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds. "That's where your confidence always comes from".
The series now moves to Chicago for Game 3 Friday night. Thomas, playing through the devastating loss of his sister, Chyna, in a tragic vehicle accident over the weekend, was terrific in Game 1, scoring 33 points, but scored only 20 in Game 2.
In other matches, the Los Angeles Clippers stopped the Utah Jazz, 99-91, in LA while the Toronto Raptors held off the Milwaukee Bucks, 106-100, in Toronto to even their respective series at one game apiece. The Celtics main scoring option is 5'9 Point Guard, Isaiah Thomas, who averaged almost 29 points a game.
On Tuesday, the Celtics got ran out of their own arena as the Chicago Bulls opened up a can of whoop ass and took a commanding 2-0 lead in the first round match-up as the series shifts to Chicago.
But the front office wanted to hang on to Rondo's contract as a possible trade chip, and the coaching staff eventually decided the veteran point guard could have value leading the second unit, imparting his wisdom to young players like Denzel Valentine, Bobby Portis, Michael Carter-Williams, Paul Zipser and Cris Felicio.
After getting thoroughly pushed around underneath in Game 1, the Celtics grabbed the first four rebounds of the night while scoring the game's first seven points. Here's the kicker, Rondo played more games than the three of them - combined (92 to 82).
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Although they're up 2-0 in this series, the Bulls know there is still a lot of work left to be done. "I got to my spot and let it go".
"We've obviously moved past what happened", Hoiberg said. "But as a team we have to stay together". He knows what it takes to win.
Seldom has a Chicago athlete revealed a wider gap between perception and reality than Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo has this year.
But Stevens, his career postseason record now a frustrating 2-10, admits that playoff intensity is a far different thing from what faces a good team over the course of the regular season. Have failed to score 100 points in three of their last four postseason games dating back to a year ago.
Now, the Bulls are in complete control of their first-round Eastern Conference series against the top-seeded Boston Celtics.
"For the playoffs, me in particular, you get a couple of extra days rest for the body", Rondo said. "You can tell. I think that during the games and during walkthroughs and the film, he's trying his very best to focus".
No services have been planned for Chyna Thomas, who was killed in a auto accident on Saturday. The problem is that they do not need any individual player to make that extra play, they need to rediscover their identity as a team, because that is the only way enough players will make the necessary improvements. It's just all-out effort and you just gotta continue doing your job; the play never stops until a person gets the rebound.