Celtics Coach: If Smart made a gesture, 'it's unacceptable'



The Celtics are on the brink.

But that's where the Boston Celtics now stand, down 0-2 in their first round series with the No. 8 seed Chicago Bulls.

Tomorrow night, the No. 8 seed Chicago Bulls will tip off game three of their seven-game series against the No. 1 seeded Boston Celtics. In the end, Boston was able to clinch the Eastern Conference regular season title with a record of 53-29 with the Cavs following with 51-31. "They had (the starters) really frustrated the two days leading into Game 1". Dwyane Wade scored eight of those points. "But we are in this position". For the past two games, Celtics doesn't seem to know how to adjust with Chicago Bulls. "There's a taste in your mouth when you go on one of those spurts, something you try to get back. It's a real, real thin line between winning and losing in the playoffs".

The Red Sox were down 3-0 to the Yankees in the 2004 AL Championship Series and somehow prevailed.

The Celtics lost the contest 111-97 and now trail 2-0 in the first round series.

Some teams, like the eighth-seeded Chicago Bulls, have jumped out to a surprising 2-0 lead. Game 3, 7 p.m., ESPN.

ISAIAH Thomas broke his silence and revealed that the days following the death of his younger sister, Chyna, in a auto crash have been the hardest of his life. It was a back-and-forth affair that saw the Bulls take the lead late in the fourth quarter only to almost give it back in the game's final minutes.

"Everybody's putting in each work, watching film, working on their game", Butler said.

While the Bulls have a chance to make this a good series and possibly win it, the Celtics are no slouch. We do have young players out there and they let their emotions get the best of them.

INJURY UPDATE: None of note.

Brad Stevens elected to play Amir Johnson only eight minutes in Game 2 instead favoring Kelly Olynyk, who played 24 minutes.

The Bulls' defense flummoxed and frustrated the Bulls in Game 2, a point Smart indirectly acknowledged ahead of practice Thursday afternoon. Chicago held a 43-38 rebounding edge for the game. True, he fell to 2-10 in his three playoff seasons in Boston, including 2-5 at home. For as great as James Harden, Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams and Eric Gordon were for Houston in the first two games, Nene deserves a big tip of the cap as well. Game 2 was the second time this season Westbrook topped 50 points in a loss. Game 3, 10 p.m., ESPN2.

Gordon Hayward scored 20 points and Derrick Favors and Joe Johnson added 13 apiece for the Jazz.

KEEP AN EYE ON: J.J. Redick. It's key when you have a point guard like him that controls the whole game- you just have to play.


Their Game 1 victory would not be their only win over the Celtics either.

The fact the Celtics were 12 games better during the regular season hasn't mattered during the early stages of the series. When the Phoenix Suns lost their first two against the No. 8 Los Angeles Lakers in 1993, the National Basketball Association only played five games in the opening postseason round.

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