Bulls early surprise of playoffs after taking 2 at Boston

"That's where your confidence always comes from". It was a flawless night for the Bulls, who have swiped home-court advantage from beneath Boston's feet and flipped the series on its head.

After a better start by the Celtics, a familiar theme started to take hold as the Bulls took control by again dominating on the offensive glass. Isaiah played in Games 1 and 2 of the Celtics' opening playoff series against the Chicago Bulls before traveling home to Tacoma, Washington to be with his family. And role players like Bobby Portis in Game 1 and Paul Zipser in Game 2 have delivered steady, heady play.

LOWRY "A FIGHTER" In Toronto, Kyle Lowry bounced back from a lackluster game one as the Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 106-100, to level their series at one game each.

And the problems are multiple, from the Bulls' aggressive defence to Boston's lack of rebounding. In Chicago's three head-to-head wins over Boston this season, including Sunday, the Bulls outrebounded the Celtics by 17, 19 and 20 overall rebounds, respectively. After the game, Larry Bird of the Celtics said: "I didn't think anyone was capable of doing what Michael has done to us".

Celtics guard Avery Bradley heard Rondo yelling and conceded the ex-Boston floor general was right. "I'm not the one that they usually contact; usually they contact the front office. As a polished team we have to know when to take those shots and when not to".


The Celtics finished the season ranked 27th in both defensive (75.3) and total rebound (48.5) percentages. "Eighty-two games is great but I'm built for this moment", Wade said.

He missed six of his 13 free throws, had two assists and committed five turnovers.

Stevens wouldn't discuss who the team's best - or worst - players have been over the first two games of the series. Have failed to score 100 points in three of their last four postseason games dating back to a year ago. One on one defense on Butler will only take them so far, they need to be taking advantages of mistakes in areas where the Bulls struggle.

"When we played against Boston back in the day, Rondo knew all of the plays", Wade said.

Seeing the Bulls reduce the Celtics to a bunch of guys Rondo claimed had quit made it easier to believe - barely - but not even those paid to see red could have envisioned a surge like this coming from a.500 team. Before that, during his years with the Celtics, there were few players you'd want facilitating for your team ahead of Rondo. "You have to continue to be positive and go out there and play hard no matter what the outcome is".


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