Thomas to head to sister's funeral after Game 6 vs Bulls

Washington Wizards Markieff Morris and Bradley Beal celebrate their victory over the Atlanta Hawks

The team with the points-in-the-paint advantage won the first five games.

Winning four straight games to close out the Bulls certainly built some momentum after Boston struggled to find their footing. They didn't just throw a punch at the start of Game 6; they threw a knockout blow. By the end of the third quarter, the crowd had seen enough, raining down boos. Bradley averaged a career-high 16.3 points per game this season, and his 3-point percentage spiked to 39 percent.

It's impossible to know whether Green was right, just like it's impossible to know how much the Rondo injury impacted the series outcome. If Horford and Bradley continue to produce on both ends consistently, the Celtics can beat anyone.

Jimmy Butler has been in quite a few trade rumors this season. The Celtics often switched Thomas onto Butler, which was a nightmare for Boston. Next up is a potentially feisty second-round matchup with the Washington Wizards. The Wizards averaged 20.7 fastbreak points per game in a 4-2 first-round series win over Atlanta while Boston held Chicago to 9.8 per game while also advancing with a 4-2 series. Jordan's six double-doubles in the first six games are a playoff high. Butler tried to counter that by making backdoor cuts, but the Celtics negated that with tight backside rotations.

The Celtics? They sensed weakness early and preyed on it.

The Boston Celtics hit their extremes in a baffling way against the Chicago Bulls. What worked was again, absolutely nothing at all. "And how nobody pointed fingers, they were just a great support for one another, especially Isaiah". To me, he's worth every penny of that contract.

Washington's Markieff Morris added 17 points and eight rebounds, and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 10 points off the bench. Led by scoring guards John Wall and Bradley Beal, Washington will be out to bury the Celtics.

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Without a distributor, the Bulls' offense became inefficient isolations. Not only does your franchise player want to stay in Chicago, but he wants to keep Rondo in Chicago too.

They connected on six of their first 11 attempts from 3-point range and showed significantly more energy and desire to be on the court than the hometown Bulls.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Clippers coach Doc Rivers put it simply when he said Chris Paul willed his team to victory with the season on the line. The TNT Bulls are no more.

With a playoff format that drags the postseason out for more than two months, with playoff series taking as long as two weeks, the second season feels like just that. The path to 41 wins might have been an airstrip lined with flares that Chicago spent the entire year circling before decided that, yeah, they were fine settling it. In Game 6 on Friday when they finally lost their first round series against Boston, their fans looked like this. That hinged on the flight options and whether the Celtics were playing on Sunday.

The Bulls' defense lacked from the start. Jae Crowder will play the four with that lineup, while Stevens will still sometimes put Johnson and Kelly Olynyk in with Al Horford and go a bit bigger.

April 11, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg gives commands to his players during the first quarter of the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. Hopefully, this series doesn't validate Gar-Pax's decision to turn the roster into a mishmash of uneven parts.



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