Celtics shuffle lineup with Green starting over Johnson

"For us, in the first two games, we didn't handle it well when they went on a run".

Kevin Garnett hasn't taken the floor for the Boston Celtics since May of 2013. "We don't want to change the way we do things, but at the same time we understand that it's a little different dynamic with our team the way it is".

All that said, we actually have more evidence to present.

"We can't look to replace what Rondo brings". We just needed to play for one another, and play for the moment which is at hand being in the playoffs and have fun with it. To miss that now with him being out, most likely for the rest of the series, it does put some extra responsibility on some guys.

Bulls' stars Jimmy Butler (14 points) and Dwyane Wade (18) also floundered - shooting a combined 13 for 39. Chicago shot 51.1 percent from the field in the win and was 10-of-25 from 3-point land.

As the final buzzer sounded for Washington's 109-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round series Wednesday night, Oubre went up to a ball that was on the ground and kicked it.

In desperate need of better play from Avery Bradley, the Celtics got it in the first half.

Game 4 is Sunday in Chicago.

A former member of NBA basketball team Boston Celtics Isaiah Thomas grief from his sister's tragic death and claimed it shouldn't turn into a sports story.

That's 11.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 10.0 assists and 3.5 steals a game the Bulls must replace. Thomas was even a great cheerleader, giving Terry Rozier and swat on the leg from the bench after his made three made it 69-54 with three minutes left in the third. But given what we saw in Game 3, an early Boston exit is no longer a foregone conclusion.

We'd still favor the Wizards over Boston in a potential second-round series, because the Wizards are the second-best team in the East, and those same Bucks might beat the Celtics, too.

Gerald Green, in the lineup at the "4" position for Amir Johnson, moved Horford to the center position and provided some early spark with drives to the paint. Payne played some garbage minutes and scored three points.

Chris Paul can hit 3s. To drop your first game at home is always deflating and won't fill the team with confidence going forward. The Bulls own a 170-136 edge on the glass in the series after outrebounding Boston 52-37. But now, as their star performs well while coping with the loss of his sister who passed from a tragic auto accident, the Celtics find themselves down 0-2 as they head to Chicago for game 3. Boston maintained a comfortable edge after that. Will they be able to do that in the second half of Game 3? Nikola Mirotic nailed a 3, cutting it to 44-41, and pointed toward the sky.

  • Angelo Rivera