Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan lead LA Clippers to win

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How could three ball-dominant perimeter players possibly co-exist?

After their 106-102 win in Game 1 on Sunday, most would anticipate this Bulls team to be content. Take it one game at a time and try to get a game three.

Avery also mentioned that former Celtics point guard Rajon Rando (now with the Bulls) noticed the very same thing. There were many times throughout the season that the Bulls' front office was criticized for signing Rondo in the first place.

The Jazz never led in the game and got no closer than six points in the fourth. But the (Paul) Zipsers, (Nikola) Mirotic, (Bobby) Portis - those guys have had huge impacts on the first two games of this series.

Smart played 27 minutes in the 111-97 loss, finishing with 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks. Celtics coach Brad Stevens confirmed Isaiah Thomas flew home to be with his family but is expected to also play in Game 3 scheduled for Friday in Chicago.

Boston fell to just 14-4 in Game 2 at home following a loss in Game 1.

But I have a hard time getting worked up about National Basketball Association players shooting back. "Hated him competitively. Hated him is a respect".

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"I hated him as a competitor (referencing playing against the Celtics during his tenor with the Heat) he was that good". And these Bulls are the same Bulls who, in late January, underwent something of a team-wide nervous breakdown, as both Butler and Wade were benched for comments critical of the team and Rondo expressed his own conflicting frustrations via an Instagram post.

"The play was for DeMar to get a bucket", Lowry said. "I learned about this team that through adverse situations, this team sticks together".

"I looked around and a few times in the game, guys were putting their heads down, I think getting down on themsleves", Bradley told ESPN Celtics reporter Chris Forsberg.

Or in Rondo's case, give him the freedom to run the offense and direct players on the court the way he has throughout his career. I've been a little bit more aggressive offensively, but before the game, Jimmy and D-Wade kept telling me to shoot the ball and stay aggressive.

The eight seeded Bulls were a massive underdog against the top ranked Celtics but found a way to overcome the powerhouse. And they wouldn't be doing it if the "3 Alphas" hadn't come to a meeting of the minds.

Jazz: Gobert, who injured his knee just 17 seconds into the series opener, joined two assistant coaches for a pregame meal in the media dining room, an area rarely visited by players.

That's why Dwyane Wade freely admitted that he "hated" Rondo through all the Miami-Boston wars from back in the day. But the Bulls are only converting at 46.9 per cent from the field and 35.3 per cent on 3-pointers, so it's not as if they're shooting lights out.

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