Chicago Bulls: Takeaways From Game 1 Win Over Boston Celtics

Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler catches a pass high above Chicago Bulls guard Isaiah Canaan during the second quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston Tuesday

The Chicago Bulls powered past the Boston Celtics 111-97 on Tuesday (Apr 18) to take a 2-0 lead over the Eastern Conference top seeds in their National Basketball Association playoff first-round series.

Butler scored 23 points in the second half.

"It's not ideal for us", Crowder said. "And that's where your confidence always comes from".

The Bulls look to go up a commanding 3-0 when they host the Celtics at the United Center on Friday. The Celtics shot 43 percent from the field in the loss but was just 14-of-38 from 3-point land.

The Bulls will win one of the first 2 games in Boston.

There was nothing that prompted Hoiberg to bench Rondo in Game 2, as he sat for a grand total of just eight minutes on the night.

Thomas nearly lifted the Eastern Conference top seeds to victory with two late baskets in their best-of-seven first-round series opener against the Bulls, but the visitors survived to draw first blood, 106-102.

That changed quickly, though, as the Bulls responded with a 20-4 run. He guarded Isaiah (Thomas) for most of the game tonight; had his hands full with that.

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. That was one of a few lineup experiments from Brad Stevens, who has been resigned to throwing combinations at the wall and seeing what sticks. I could even hear (Rajon) rondo like, 'Yeah, they gave up. But I think obviously we're going to have to play more purposeful offense that will help our defense. We knew their stuff, jut like they knew ours.

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The Celtics finished Game 1 with an offensive rating of 110.0, which is close to what their rating was during the regular season (111.1).

NOTES: The Bulls are 14-9 against the top eight teams in the league, 13-12 against the bottom nine.

Yet freed on Sunday the forward turned in arguably his best game as a member of the team.

In the only Western Conference game on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Clippers leveled their series against the Utah Jazz at 1-1, leading wire-to-wire in a 99-91 triumph.

Not only did Rondo play a big role during Tuesday's game; he also was key during Chicago's Game 1 win at TD Garden.

"When we would play Boston back in the day, he would know all the plays", Wade recalled.

To keep up to date on Boston Celtics player news and roster moves, keep it locked here at Chowder and Champions.

"I just tried to stay aggressive".

Thomas did not speak to the media afterward and will now head to Tacoma, Washington to be with his family to finalize funeral arrangements for his sister, Chyna Thomas.

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