Does Rajon Rondo's injury give the Celtics the edge over the Bulls?

Nov 10 2016 Miami FL USA Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade dunks the ball as Bulls forward Jimmy Butler looks on against... Steve Mitchell

Wade, who engaged in memorable playoff battles with Rondo when they played for the Heat and Celtics, knows this dynamic well.

For a few days, including the January 27 home loss to the Heat that dropped them to 23-25, the Bulls overtook the Knicks as the league leader in dysfunction.

The top seed losing in the first round is a rarity in the National Basketball Association playoffs, but this is no ordinary series. Now, Ainge is hoping the Celtics can find the same levity those Suns did. Not an easy task, but something he should be able to handle.

"We can't change the way we're approaching things right now because one of our star players is out".

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"We're playing tight. Maybe on the road, it will be a little lesser". But they were too good in the regular season to be eliminated from the playoffs without any kind of a fight.

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas says the days since his younger sister was killed in a auto crash have been the hardest of his life. "We can't panic. We've been here before".

What does it mean for the series?

"He said it's not over 'til it's over", Thomas said Tuesday night. Dwyane Wade was even surprised by the results but he's gelling at the right time with Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo. The Bulls outscored the Celtics in the paint 32-20 for the half. "You're just out there kind of running up and down playing". We're a confident team, but you don't think you're going into Boston and get two. You have to do a better job of understanding that as a whole.

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Most of the guys seen as above quality players on the Celtics roster are only labeled that because of Brad's system.

"I've been in the trenches with him before and he's always bounced back", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. The Bulls are obviously a different and better team when he's showing flashes of his former brilliance. He was a limited participant in practice on Thursday. Now you got to try a. After going through a drama-filled regular season that saw him hit the trade block, Rondo has been superb throughout the first two games of the playoffs. There's no question about it. The Thunder looked to turn things around and make some adjustments in Game 2 which took place on Wednesday, April 19 in Houston, TX.

The season seems to be spiraling out of control for the Celtics. Boston players are adamant that Stevens deserves better than the 2-10 record the Celtics have posted over the past three postseasons.

"It is (a concern)", Hoiberg said of losing Rondo's defensive presence. Boston's early rebounding edge evaporated just as fast, with all five Bulls starters grabbing an offensive rebound in the first six minutes of action. "But we'd like to get some wins here".

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