Tonight marked the third game between the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls in their playoff series. Things have not been looking great for the number one seed Celtics as they suffered losses in both of the first two games. The first game was a victory for the Bulls as they slip away with a 106 to 102 win. Jimmy Butler scored thirty points, grabbed nine rebounds and gave out three assists. Isaiah Thomas finished with thirty-three points, six rebounds and six assists. The Chicago team would win the second matchup as well, 111-97. Jimmy Butler finished with twenty-two points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Dwyane Wade would ended up with twenty-two points, four rebounds and two assists. Isaiah Thomas earned twenty points, four rebounds and two assists. The Celtics would look to take advantage of the Rondo-less Chicago Bulls as they try to make the series 2-1 in Illinois tonight.
The Boston Celtics would get off on the right foot as they shoot 57% from the field in the first quarter, limiting the home team to 32% from the field. Former Mavericks player, Jae Crowder, would chalk up ten points which included two 3-pointers. Avery Bradley would earn eight points, six of those coming from beyond the arc and Al Horford would connect for two 3-pointers, chalking up six points. On the other end, Dwyane Wade would drop six points, shooting 40% from the field. Jimmy Butler plays throughout the entire quarter but is only limited to two points as the Celtics enter the second period with a huge 33 to 15 advantage. Chicago would go on a 26 to 11 run in the second quarter as three-time champion, Dwyane Wade, shoots 60% from the field and collects eight points. Paul Zipser would come off the bench to hit one 3-pointer and knock down two free throws, which would give him five points for the quarter. Jimmy Butler would play six minutes, only to be held scoreless. Former Kings player, Isaiah Thomas, would settle for four points as his team would go to the locker room at halftime with a close 44-41 lead.
Horford would come out of the locker room to chalk up eight points in the third quarter, along with five rebounds and three assists. Thomas would throw up eight points, which would contain two 3-pointers. Crowder would contribute with four points and three rebounds as Gerald Green would come off the bench to make a 3-pointer. As for the Chicago Bulls, Jimmy Butler, Nikola Mirotic and Robin Lopez would each score six points but Butler would collect three of his from beyond the 3-point line. Former Suns player, Robin Lopez, would crash the boards for four rebounds but it was the Boston team that would enter the last quarter holding onto a 76-63 lead. The Celtics would close things out in the fourth as the first-round pick in the 2015 draft, Terry Rozier, comes off the bench to drop eight points, which held two 3-pointer. Former Pistons player, Jonas Jerebko, would also come off the bench to score six points as the Boston Celtics cruise past the Chicago Bulls to grab a 104 to 87 win, making the series 2-1. Al Horford finished with eighteen points, eight rebounds and six assists. Dwyane Wade ended up with eighteen points, one rebound and three assists.