The top-seed Celtics team looks to climb out of a 0-2 hole against the eighth-seeded Bulls squad, and they expect to have Thomas back for Game 3 on Friday in Chicago.
While some might be shocked by how Chicago has played as a No. 8 seed that was just 41-41, Butler made it clear he's not one of those folks.
"I'm not surprised because, everybody is so locked in right now". Dwyane Wade scored eight of those points. "And that's where your confidence always comes from". It'll take some heart if the Celtics want to turn this around. Whether it is a lack of height or putting in the effort, rebounding has been a huge advantage for Chicago. "The biggest thing is going out and continuing to get it done on the defensive end". "We were able to do that in Game 2, and now in Game 3, let's see what they come with and let's see if we can counteract it to the point where we can win because the ball bounces in so many different ways".
If the Bulls are able to get past Boston in the first round, they will face the victor of the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks in round two.
All stats and info gathered using ESPN.com on 4/17, after game one of the series.
That changed quickly, though, as the Bulls responded with a 20-4 run.
The Boston Celtics postseason has not been playing out in their favor so far.
Ainge said while some players on the Celtics are playing well, no one has elevated their game to the level that is needed in the playoffs. "You've just got to keep your composure and your trust". "I've done it a lot". 'Listening to their basketball minds, all of us listening to each other's mind and on the same page. "As a polished team we have to know when to take those shots and when not to". Serge Ibaka added 16 points for Toronto, Cory Joseph had 11 and Jonas Valanciunas added 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Also, as per the numbers, the Boston Celtics are getting beat up in the rebounding column and second chance points.
He missed six of his 13 free throws, had two assists and committed five turnovers. The Suns did it in 1993 against the Lakers, but it was only a 5-game series. He has battled, averaging 26.5 points in the first two games - and is expected to play Friday after missing practice Thursday for his sister's funeral. We've still got to go out there. So if he can show up to play with a heavy heart, so can everyone else. "We need to be more focused than we were the first two games", said Boston's Al Horford.
"We have to play hard no matter what", Bradley said. You gotta go through something for it to happen.