Key Takeaway: Celtics stunned by Bulls in Game 1
It was a tough stretch for the Boston Celtics and their all-star point guard, Isiah Thomas — as he decided to play Game 1 of the Best-of-7 Series of the NBA playoffs against the Chicago Bulls — following a tragic car accident that took his little sister’s life, Chyna.
Thomas, the smallest guy on the floor, led theCeltics with a game-high 33 points, along with 5 rebounds, and 6 assists — but it wasn’t enough against Jimmy Butler’s Chicago Bulls who look liked the team the majority of its fans have been looking forward to since the start of the regular season after the two former NBA champions, Rajon Rondo and Dwayne Wade, joined the team last summer.
The Bulls reserves was phenomenal during the game, outscoring the Celtics’ bench 35-22. Jimmy Butler contributed a team-high 30 points, and anchored the Bulls’ defense once again.
The Celtics, which is supposedly a rebuild team a few years back, earned the top spot in the Eastern Conference Standings after a late surge dethroning the defending champions, Cleveland Cavaliers. The Bulls however, hustled their way to earn the eight and last spot in the playoffs — this is after Jimmy Butler’s exceptional two-way play late in the season.
A possible upset in the making
The Bulls are looking to become the 6th team in NBA History to pull an upset against the First-seeded team in the Playoffs. While the Celtics are confident that they can bounce back, the Bulls are a team that is composed of veteran leaders who already know how to win. Meanwhile, the Celtics are a team that is substantially young and is being led by their MVP Candidate who’s emotional status is being questioned following the the loss of her younger sister.
IT needs more help
Last night’s game was a clear picture of what the Celtics need if they want to go far in this playoffs and even earn the hopes of beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics clearly need someone to help Isiah Thomas carry the load on the offensive-end with the Bulls’ young gun, Bobby Portis, out-hustled the C’s bench players in Game 1.
The team that can make more stops wins
Needless to say, the Playoffs is all about defense — and the team that can make more stops wins. Everything in the playoffs starts to slow down, that’s why rim protection, ball denials, and rebounding are extremely vital because of the half-court sets. Both teams feature two of the best perimeter defenders in the league; Jimmy Butler and Avery Bradley, but a single defensive play won’t be enough to win a playoff game. It would take the whole team’s effort to come out on top.
These are some takeaway from the Bulls and Celtics match-up in the first round. Are we expecting an upset? or will the Celtics bounce back and defend their home-court in Game 2?
Game 2 is scheduled on Tuesday, April 18 @ 8:00 pm in TD Garden.