Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Hoiberg Coaches Bulls to Fast Start in NBA Post-Season

It's no surprise, then, that the former Celtic came up at Thursday's Celtics practice as one of the keys Boston is zeroing in on heading into Game 3. I get three or four days of prep on a team, lock into their game plan, and I'm playing plus minutes. Wade said, via "And so you should have a little fire to get out there". It's easier said than done, especially at a time when all of the player's focus isn't fully where it should be following the death of Isaiah Thomas' 22-year-old sister, Chyna J. Thomas, who died after a one-car crash which as one can imagine, has been hard for Thomas to move forward from. Take it one game at a time and try to get a game three. "But we are in this position".

The eight seeded Bulls were a massive underdog against the top ranked Celtics but found a way to overcome the powerhouse.

"Obviously, that's not us", said Crowder. They gave up.' But you never can let a team see that. "We just have to come together as a group".

It's only the second time in National Basketball Association history that an eighth seed has won the first two games of a series while on the road. So this is uncharted waters for all of us. What we can do is continue what we started to do, and that is focus on each possession, focus on each play.

The Celtics lost the contest 111-97 and now trail 2-0 in the first round series. Wade, who has played in no shortage of playoff games, is making sure nobody forgets that they still have to win two more games.

"This is a good team", Wade said.

The Bulls, 41-41 in the regular season, are attempting to become the sixth No. 8 seed to upset a No. 1 in the first round - and the first since the Philadelphia 76ers upset Chicago in the 2012 play-offs. From a lack of secondary scoring, to pathetic rebounding, to questionable effort levels, I'm not seeing a Bulls team that's dominating, as much as I'm witnessing a Celtics team that just doesn't want it bad enough. We feel it too; when he goes through something we all go through it. "We take it for what it's worth". Chicago made a statement in Game 1 to the Celtics.

It showed in game one on Sunday.

"I have not heard from the league about it", Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters Wednesday, via WCVB Boston. Jimmy's the leader. He's the lead actor here.

Yet he wanted to thank us, for supporting him in this time of tragedy. "And that's where your confidence always comes from". Some nights, it won't be.

They turned the ball over, took wild shots and didn't defend well. "So at the end of the day, it's going to be only 10 guys out on the floor". Complacent in the fact that they, an 8th seed, just stole home court advantage from the top seeded Boston Celtics.

Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 20, but while Utah repeatedly fought back from double-digit deficits they couldn't get the gap under six points in the fourth quarter.

Game 4: Spurs at Grizzlies, 5 p.m.

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