Stevens kept telling his team that finding a way to maintain an even keel - even in the face of adversity - would be key.
In what was a tense moment going into the fourth quarter, trailing by two points, the Celtics endured the pressure and eventually took the homecourt advantage against the motivated Bulls. Al Horford finished with 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the Celtics won their third straight and took a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference series.
And yet, the Celtics found a way to play through it.
The Celtics scored 29 points in the payoff period, with Isaiah Thomas' lay-up with 9:40 to go putting them ahead for good, 86-85.
"But that's just the reality of the situation we're in right now". Should the Bulls win for the first time in three tries on their home floor, the series would shift back to Boston for a deciding Game 7 on Sunday night.
The Bulls, who are 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 home games against the Celtics, will need better three-point shooting than they have had for most of the series.
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Lookin At Lee, jockeyed by Corey Lanerie, made a late push and finished second after he came into the race with 33-1 odds. A post-race examination found no injury. "Thunder Snow was allowed to walk back to the barn and he did so comfortably".
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It's not even about Popovich's game-to-game adjustments, given he's viewed as one of, if not the greatest coach of all time. He can be cancelled out by James Harden (and largely was on Friday). "This was his best game, obviously", Popovich said.
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While the 34-year-old Parker is not the dynamic playmaker he was in his younger days, he is still hugely important to the team. He appeared to land awkwardly while taking a shot with 8:34 to play Wednesday night and crumpled to the court.
Bulls: Before winning the first two games of the series, Chicago had only won one playoff game in Boston ever - Game 1 of the 2009 first round. Rondo told reporters Wednesday he wasn't playing Thursday, according to ESPN's Nick Friedell. Being that the series is 2-2 the Bulls will have another opportunity to play at home, and Rondo has not stated that he's done for the series, but things are definitely leaning in Boston's favor. "My finger is broken".
Avery Bradley was phenomenal on the defensive end as he spent most of the night on Chicago's Jimmy Butler.
After struggling in the first half of Wednesday's NBA Playoffs Game 5 matchup against the Chicago Bulls, Thomas chose to make a change.
Butler hadn't yet gone to the showers because electrodes were attached to his knees, but it was the left one that prevented him from being as aggressive as he should have been in the Bulls' 108-97 loss to the Celtics on Wednesday night.
Going 6-for-15 overall, one would have thought Butler was conserving his energy, but he clearly didn't have his usual spunk.
The Knicks say Noah had the surgery Wednesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NY.