Maddie Meyer/Getty ImagesBoston coach Brad Stevens adequately sums up the feelings of Celtics fans everywhere.

Thomas played in the first two games of the Celtics' first-round playoff series with the Bulls, then flew to Washington to be with his family on Wednesday.

The Chicago Bulls powered past the Boston Celtics 111-97 Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead over the Eastern Conference top seeds in their National Basketball Association playoff series, while the Toronto Raptors avoided falling into an 0-2 hole.

Smart's gesture came after he missed a three-pointer with the Bulls up by 14 points in a game in which the Celtics, the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference, were booed periodically by their home fans. Chicago held a 43-38 rebounding edge for the game.

Horford did have 19 points in Game 1 and has 13 assists through both games of this series, but Lopez rallied in Game 2 to keep Horford from taking over the contest and getting Boston's offense back into rhythm.

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. They went from this year's scrappy boys in green to the King slayers to a team that was vehemently booed by its own fans on Tuesday night.

Rajon Rondo also helped out creating second chance points with his 5 offensive rebounds. "Take it one game at a time and try to get Game 3".

Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler scored 22 points each, leading six Bulls players in double figures.

Game 3: Clippers at Jazz, 7 p.m. Boston's going to win a game or two in this series, but to win four out of five with the way they're playing right now doesn't look likely.

"The play was for DeMar to get a bucket", Lowry said. Game 3 is scheduled for Friday.

Chicago is rolling and seems to have Boston's number.


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