Robin Lopez leads in blocks with 1.4 per game.
Rozier's numbers went up across the board and as his minutes spiked, so did his efficiency, something that is not too common among young players.
"It's a frightful tragedy, " Hoiberg said. He plays with such effort and tenacity.
"Whatever his emotions are at the time, he needs to let them out".
Big-name players come up big when it counts.
He also said he and Thomas spoke Saturday night and again Sunday morning, and the coach is leaving the decision in Thomas' hands. There was no hesitation in his shots and no lack of energy in his hustle.
Man, what a game by Bobby Portis.
Washington's second unit struggled mightily early in the game but pitched in to maintain the lead early in the fourth quarter. Not only does Rondo tend to step it up in the playoffs, but he could have that chip-on-his-shoulder edge as well, as he may feel like Boston gave up on him since they chose to go for a full-blown rebuild with him still on the team, and then went on to almost complete said rebuild by trading him. Even with so much momentum going in their favor, there are still two things in particular that scare me.
Isaiah Thomas was born in Tacoma, Washington and attended the University of Washington. Washington Wizards guard John Wall, right, looks for a receiver while Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala, left, defends during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, in Washington, Sunda. Over its last five games, the Bulls have impressively put up 106.6 per game on offense while allowing just 89 per game. Niko Mirotic, Paul Zipser and Jerian Grant combined to go 4-for-22 from the field.
Celtics: Thomas recorded his second career 30-point game in the postseason.
"He's such a great kid and he's one of the great competitors we have in our league", Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said.
"Jimmy is obviously our best defender", he said.
We'll have up-to-the-minute scoring and stats here throughout the game. "And I definitely felt like we earned this win". One night it's going to have to be Niko. It was clear he wanted to win this one.
"It has to be guys that make timely shots and then have big games like tonight".
"We just need to continue to fight for him". We believe in him. They have just a lot of guys that have been in playoff atmospheres, are familiar with them.
As for matters back on the court, the Bulls won their last two games after a loss at Brooklyn and come into the first round with seven wins in their last 10 games. "Going in there it was loud in the beginning".
"I won't be finishing first", Wall said.