Bulls' Rondo fined for attempting to trip Celtics' Crowder

In the next moment, we were back to the mundane, as Bulls Coach Fred Hoiberg's postgame comments to the effect of him being an impossible cover as long as, he alleged, Thomas is allowed to carry the ball as he dribbles.

The incident happened with 31.1 seconds remaining in the first quarter on Friday. "That's what he does".

"I don't think its a foregone conclusion that he doesn't play tomorrow night. So he needs to take it somewhere else". Should the Celtics win on Wednesday night, they will be up 3-2 on the Bulls, which ultimately leads to desperation mode for Chicago.

Isaiah Thomas, though, was not having it. "He had a hell of a game".

"When you're able to put your hand underneath the ball, and take two or three steps and put it back down, it's impossible to guard him in those situations", he said. But when is such a violation called? "Evens series out, and go back to square one", Crowder said of the C's ability to win back homecourt advantage in the process.

"They talk about it every year". It should be called.

"I just try to play the same way no matter who's out there on the floor (defensively)", Thomas said.

Thomas agreed he is just about impossible to defend, saying "not one man can guard me".

"I think there's a reason why the best scorers are really hard to guard, and in Isaiah's case, it's not any different than some of the other better scorers", said Stevens. The Bulls momentum continued in the initial stretch of the 3rd quarter, with the Celtics and Thomas especially being extremely careless with the ball. Michael Carter-Williams, who, like starter Jerian Grant, was mostly ineffective, had replaced Canaan during this run.

"He's a great actor, acting tough", Butler said.

Thomas later released his first statement through the Celtics' PR team, thanking everyone from fans to teammates and the organization for their support in this trying time of his life. You have to use so much energy to get back.

"Let's see how the slugfest goes. That was a crucial time that hurt us".

IN got back into the game with a 7-0 spurt early in the in the fourth, then methodically continued chipping away at the lead until Thaddeus Young tied the score at 100 with a short jumper and broke the tie on a tip-in with 1:31 left. It was an impressive performance from a reserve who averaged about nine points per game in the regular season. Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley, left, pressures a shot by Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler during the first half in Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Chicago, Sunday, April 23, 2017.

"Those things are a part of basketball, " Wade said. "It's going to be challenging". Thomas had two more free throws and another layup as the Celtics used a 12-0 run to take a 75-65 lead. Totals 38-81 18-22 104. Meanwhile, Harden made just 2 of 9 shots and scored just six points in the first half. Totals 32-76 26-33 95. He got benched for five games at one point.

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