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Dwyane Wade says the Bulls are fortunate to have a Jimmy Butler

Dwyane Wade says the Bulls are fortunate to have a Jimmy Butler

It wasn't clear if he would play, but the announcement was made by the team's coach Brad Stevens on Sunday that he would.

"We were so locked in all week", said Butler, who also pulled down nine rebounds as the Bulls capitalised on their size advantage and controlled the inside.

"It's key when you have a point guard like him that controls the whole game - you've just got to play", said Dwyane Wade, who had 22 points, eight of them coming in a 10-0 spurt that put away Game 2.

"Me and Isaiah have known each other since we were kids", Bradley said. "That's where your confidence always comes from".

Game 3 of the series will take place Friday night at the United Center in Chicago (7 p.m., CSNNE, ESPN). Chicago held a 43-38 rebounding edge for the game. "Isaiah (Thomas) is a really crafty guy and I just wanted to go out and play as hard as I could". The Celtics fell to the Bulls, 106-102.

It may take a lineup change, but the Celtics need to play quicker defense and find patience on the offensive side of the ball. Can Boston recover in Game 2 on April 18?

The Jazz had snatched a 97-95 game-one victory in Los Angeles despite losing star centre Rudy Gobert in the opening seconds. Between those combined efforts and clutch contributions from Robin Lopez and Paul Zipser, the Bulls shot 51.1 percent from the field and a robust 40 percent from three. "And one thing I learned is through adverse situations, this team sticks together", Wade said.

For instance, Boston has no one to guard Butler: Crowder is too big - Butler can beat him off the dribble - and Avery Bradley, as tenacious as he might be, is too small to stop James Buckets. The emotions are real in sports, and we can never forget that these players are people first. "We just gotta rebound".

It was part of a stretch in which he scored seven straight points.

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) walks past the Chicago Bulls as they huddle during the second quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Bucks.

Lowry scored just four points in Saturday's Game 1 loss, missing all six of his 3-point attempts.

NOTES: The Bulls are 14-9 against the top eight teams in the league, 13-12 against the bottom nine. "Give credit to our team, our second unit". But Boston was just 10 of 33 from 3-point range.


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