After falling 0-2 on their home court to the eighth seed Chicago Bulls, the number one seed Boston Celtics desperately needed a win last night in Chicago and they did just that.
In a 104-87 victory over the Bulls Friday night at the United Center in Chicago, the Celtics made it a series once again with the Bulls now up 2-1 and a definite game five in Boston. Before the game the Bulls found out that standout point guard Rajon Rondo fractured his thumb and would be out for the rest of the series and for the playoffs if they got past the first round.
The Celtics were able to jump on the Bulls out of the gate and take an early lead. The Bulls caught up and were down 44-41 at half, but the Celtics once again jumped out to a big lead at the beginning of the third quarter and never looked back. Head Coach Brad Stevens made a decision to start 10-year veteran Gerald Green at the Power Forward position over 12-year veteran Amir Johnson. This switch would put Al Horford at the five and make Green the four. It proved to work out well for the Celtics.
The Celtics were able to score fairly easily last night. All Star point guard Isaiah Thomas was not the leading scorer for the Celtics in their victory and that proved to be a good sign for a team that has trouble scoring without Thomas on the floor. Second year point guard Terry Rozier stepped up for the Celtics when needed in their victory.
Game four will be Sunday in Chicago and the Celtics know that they have alot of work to do if they want to tie the series up at 2-2 heading back to Boston for game five. We will see what happens, but we know the Celtics will take full advantage of a Bulls team that is without their stand out point guard, who proved to be a huge playoff weapon in the Bulls domination of game one and game two.