The Chicago Bulls strolled into TD Garden Tuesday night, bullied the Celtics for four quarters, and walked out with a 2-0 series lead.
The Bulls gashed Boston thanks to a well-oiled attack spearheaded by Rondo (11 points, 14 assists), Dwyane Wade (22 points) and Jimmy Butler (22 points, eight rebounds, eight assists).
Crowder matched his career playoff high with 16 points as five Celtics reached double figures.
While the team has focused on stopping the stars like Butler and Wade, players like Robin Lopez (18 points), Paul Zipser and Bobby Portis have been the players to really hurt the Celtics.
Becoming just the second No. 8 seed in National Basketball Association history to win the first two games of a playoff series, blood is in the water as the series shifts to Chicago for Friday's Game 3. The Bulls had control of the game by dominating on the offensive glass, beating the Celtics in rebounds 43-38.
Boston Celtics" NBA player Isaiah Thomas' shoes carry the message "I Love you Chyna' dedicated to his late sister, who was killed in a auto accident on Saturday. Obviously Isaiah Thomas is dealing with some off the court issues as his younger sister was killed in an automobile accident.
"They haven't finalized the memorial service plans or funeral plans", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said at practice Monday.
Celtics: Finished with 16 turnovers, leading to 23 Chicago points.Thomas shot 7 of 13 from the free throw line.
Kyle Lowry capped his 22-point performance by hitting the clinching basket with 8.9 seconds left in the Raptors' 106-100 triumph over Milwaukee. "And one thing I learned is through adverse situations, this team sticks together", Wade said.
James conveyed his sympathy after Monday morning's shootaround before Game 2 of the series against the Indiana Pacers. "So there's some guys that can do that, and we're fortunate to have one of them".
Butler added eight rebounds and eight assists.
Thomas played very well in Game 1, and one expects him to come out with a fury in Game 2 as well.
"We have to play hard no matter what", Bradley said. The Celtics need to work on being more efficient shooting and grabbing rebounds if they want to beat the Bulls in the series. "It's one game at a time, one possession at a time".
Game 3 will be held in Chicago. He recently returned to the lineup after sitting out 19 games with knee and leg injuries. Now, the team looks perhaps the best it has at any point this season.