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The Cleveland Cavaliers hand the Chicago Bulls their third straight loss in a 119-112 victory

The Cleveland Cavaliers hand the Chicago Bulls their third straight loss in a 119-112 victory

The Chicago Bulls would look to avoid a 0-3 start in this season as they visited Ohio to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Quicken Loans Arena.  The Cavaliers, on the other hand, hoped to avoid a second straight loss as LeBron James and the Cavs host the win-less Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls shot fifty-six percent from the field as a team in the first quarter while the Cavaliers would be limited to forty-eight percent from the field.  Rookie forward Lauri Markkanen ended up getting hot for eleven points as he shot eighty percent from the field, knocking down three 3-pointers in the process.  He would also grab four defensive rebounds as 2015 NBA champion Justin Holiday dropped eight points while shooting only thirty-three percent in the twelve minutes that he played.  Jerian Grant would be limited to only four points as he dished off five assists.

On the other end of the court, LeBron James would go off for twelve points as he shot seventy-one percent from the field in the eleven minutes that he played.  He ended up knocking down two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  Kevin Love shot fifty percent from the field while scoring five points, hitting a three-pointer while doing so.  Love would pull down two defensive rebounds while Jeff Green came off the bench to collect two defensive rebounds as well, along with four points.  Dwyane Wade would come off the bench to score two points as the Bulls would end the first quarter with a 38 to 28 lead.

The Cleveland Cavaliers would go on a 37 to 30 run in the second period as they shot sixty-five percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to forty-six percent.  James would continue to impress as he drops eleven more points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Jeff Green shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he scores seven points, earning three of those points from behind the arc.  Love would score five points which would include one three-pointer as he gobbles up three rebounds.  Wade played for nine minutes but would be held to only four points but he did manage to grab three defensive rebounds and give out three assists.

As for the Bulls, former Cavaliers’ point guard Kay Felder would come off the bench to score nine points, earning six of them from beyond the three-point line.  Markkanen dropped six more points which would all be earned from the three-point line as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Paul Zipser would knock down a three-pointer while collecting two defensive rebounds and three assists.  Denzel Valentine would come off of the bench to drill a three-pointer as the Chicago team walked into halftime with a 68-65 lead.

During the third quarter, the Bulls shot forty-seven percent from the field as the Cavs shot forty-five percent.  Holiday would heat up for ten points as he shot sixty percent from the field.  He ended up drilling two three-pointers in the process of doing so while pulling down one defensive rebound.  Valentine would shot fifty percent from the field as he is rewarded with five points, three coming from behind the arc.

On the other end of the floor, former Boston Celtics’ small forward Jae Crowder connected for two three-pointers to give himself six points in the quarter.  Tristan Thompson would end up recording five points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also managed to get ahold of two offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds.  Dwyane Wade would record five points while James chalked up four points and three assists.  Love would play for six minutes, only to be held scoreless but he would grab two defensive rebounds as the Illinois team walked into the fourth quarter with a 92 to 91 lead.

The Cavaliers would close things out in the last period as they spark up a 28 to 20 run, shooting forty-five percent from the field, limiting the Chicago Bulls to thirty-eight percent.  Kevin Love would heat up for ten points as he shot forty-three percent from the field.  He would connect for a three-pointer in the process while gobbling up two offensive rebounds and four defensive rebounds.  LeBron James ended up shooting forty percent from the field as he scored seven points, along with one defensive rebound and five assists.  Kyle Korver would come off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers.  Smith would play for ten minutes only to be held scoreless but he did manage to collect one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.

Jerian Grant would score five points, three coming from beyond the arc and two coming from the charity stripe.  He did grab three defensive rebounds and dished off two assists in the process of doing so.  Denzel Valentine ended scoring five points while shooting fifty percent from the field.  He would earn three of those from beyond the arc as Zipser would play for the entire quarter only to be held to four points.  Brazil-native Cristiana Felicio would come off of the bench to score two points and collect two offensive rebounds but it was the Cleveland Cavaliers who come back to hand the Chicago Bulls a 119 to 112 loss.  LeBron James finished with thirty-four points, two rebounds, and thirteen assists.  Justin Holiday would finish with twenty-five points, four rebounds, and one assist.

The Cleveland Cavaliers easily defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, 116 to 97

The Cleveland Cavaliers easily defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, 116 to 97

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks were coming fresh off wins against the Boston Celtics each.  They looked to grab a second win as LeBron James and the Cavaliers visited Wisconsin to take on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.  Last season, the Bucks finished at sixth place in the Eastern Conference but would lose to the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs, 2-4.

The first quarter of the game would be held tightly as the Bucks shot fifty percent from the field while the Cavaliers shot forty-five percent from the field.  Former Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love would light the floor up with eleven points, shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He would also do some work on the boards as he grabbed three defensive rebounds.  Dwyane Wade shot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only be held to four points but he did record one defensive rebound and two assists.  Derrick Rose would also score four but he earned two of them from the charity stripe as LeBron James and Jae Crowder would be limited to two points each.  J.R. Smith would also be held to two points but he did manage to grab two defensive rebounds.

As for the Bucks, California-native Tony Snell would drill two three-pointers to earn himself six points while Malcolm Brogdon would do the exact same thing.  Antetokounmpo would be limited to five points but he did gobble up two defensive rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Greg Monroe would come off the bench to score four and pull down three rebounds as both teams would head into the second quarter tied at 25 points apiece.

During the second period, the Ohio team would shoot sixty percent from the field as they limit the home team to forty-eight percent.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would start to heat up as he chalks up ten points while shooting fifty-six percent from the field.  He would also record one offensive rebound, three defensive rebounds, and three assists in the process of doing so.  Brogdon ended up scoring five points with three of those points coming from beyond the arc.

On the other end of the court, James would put up six points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  Rose would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he records six additional points, two of those coming from the free-throw line.  Former Utah Jazz’s shooting guard Kyle Korver would come off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers as Jeff Green would also put up six points.  Kevin Love would play for six minutes as he is held to only two points but he would grab two defensive rebounds as the Cavaliers head into halftime with a 55-49 lead.

In the third quarter, the Cleveland Cavaliers shot forty-eight percent from the field while the Milwaukee Bucks shot forty-seven percent from the field.  Antetokounmpo would continue to impress as he chalks up eleven more points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  Thon Maker would record five points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He would also collect three rebounds as Snell would connect for three while grabbing two defensive rebounds.

As for the Cavaliers, Korver would continue to add to his scoring total as he rallies in three three-pointers, earning himself nine points.  LeBron James would play for the entire quarter but would only put up eight points but he did grab two rebounds while dishing off three assists.  Crowder would earn eight points with six of them coming from beyond the arc as Rose and Wade would be held scoreless.  Love would be held to two points but he managed to pull down two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds as the visiting team went into the fourth quarter with an 86-73 advantage.

The Cleveland team would close things out in the fourth quarter as they went on a 30 to 24 run, shooting sixty-three percent from the field while limiting the Bucks to only thirty-nine percent.  LeBron James would add eight more points to his scoring total while connecting for two three-pointers.  Tristan Thompson would end up chalking up six points while collecting two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Both him and James would shot seventy-five percent from the field while J.R. Smith would come off the bench to score five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  Wade would be held scoreless in the eleven minutes that he played.

As for the Bucks, Antetokounmpo would chalk up eight points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  Former Detriot Pistons’ shooting guard Khris Middleton would put up four points as he earned two of them from the free-throw line.  Matthew Dellavedova and Sterling Brown would both come off the bench to hit a three-pointer each but it wouldn’t be enough as the Cleveland Cavaliers handed the Milwaukee Bucks a 116-97 loss.  Lebron James finished the game with twenty-four points, five rebounds, and eight assists as Giannis Antetokounmpo would finish with thirty-four points, eight rebounds, and eight assists.

The Orlando Magic defeat the Miami Heat in a battle for Florida, 116 to 109

The Orlando Magic defeat the Miami Heat in a battle for Florida, 116 to 109

Yesterday’s game between the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat would mark the first of four games that these two would play each other.  Last season, the Miami Heat finished at ninth place in the Eastern Conference with a 41-41 record, nearly making the playoffs.  The Orlando Magic, on the other hand, landed at the thirteenth spot in the Conference with a 29-53 record.

During the first quarter of the game, the Miami Heat shot fifty-four percent from the field while the Orlando Magic would shoot forty-six percent from the field.  Former Boston Celtics’ power forward Kelly Olynyk would put up seven points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Hassan Whiteside would score six points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  He also managed to grab two offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds as well.  Goran Dragic would also score six points while dishing off four assists.

As for the Orlando team, California-native Aaron Gordon would drop seven points which would include one three-pointer.  He also went up to grab three defensive rebounds to add to his performance.  Nikola Vucevic would put up six points, along with one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  D.J. Augustin would come off the bench to contribute with five points but it was the Heat who ended the first quarter with a 37 to 32 lead.

The Magic would shoot forty-four percent from the field in the second quarter while the Heat would end up shooting only thirty-six percent from the field.  Evan Fournier recorded seven points, three coming from behind the three-point line.  Terrence Ross would score five points in the quarter while shooting fifty percent from the field.  Gordon would be limited to only four points but he would grab three rebounds to contribute.

On the other end of the court, former Sacramento Kings’ small forward James Johnson would chalk up four points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Justise Winslow would play for eleven minutes, only to be limited to three points which he earned from behind the arc.  Wayne Ellington would also score three points as the Magic ended the first half with a 26 to 18 run.

During the third quarter of the game, the Heat would continue to struggle as they only shot thirty-eight percent from the field while the Magic shot fifty-six percent.  Elfrid Payton would drop nine points in the third quarter while shooting eighty percent from the field.  He would knock down a three-pointer in the process while he grabbed two defensive rebounds and dished off two assists.  Vucevic ended up scoring eight points while grabbing three defensive rebounds.

As for the South Beach team, Dragic chalked up five points while connecting for a three-pointer in the process.  Both Waiters and Whiteside would put up four points while shooting fifty percent from the field each.  Whiteside would also gobble up four defensive rebounds to add to his performance but the Orlando Magic would go into the last quarter with an 88 to 78 advantage.

In the fourth period, the Magic would shoot forty-eight percent from the field as the Heat shot forty-one percent from the field.  Hassan Whiteside would heat up for fourteen points while pulling down a total of eight rebounds.  He would also connect for his first three-pointer of his career.  Dion Waiter chalked up seven additional points while hitting a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  James Johnson would play for ten minutes only to be limited to four points but he did record three rebounds and six assists.

For the Magic, Fournier would put up nine points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Former Toronto Raptors’ center Bismack Biyombo would score six points as he pulled down four rebounds.  Ross ended up scoring five points, three coming from beyond the arc and two coming from the free-throw line as the Orlando Magic end up winning the game, 116 to 109.  Evan Fournier finished the game with twenty-three points, one rebound, and three assists.  Hassan Whiteside would finish with twenty-six points, twenty-two rebounds and one assist.

The Cleveland Cavaliers pull away with a 102-99 win over the Boston Celtics, spoiling Kyrie Irving’s return

The Cleveland Cavaliers pull away with a 102-99 win over the Boston Celtics, spoiling Kyrie Irving’s return

Last night’s matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics would mark the first of three matchups between each other.  Last season, the Cavaliers defeated the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, 4-1.  This season is a little different for both teams:  During the offseason, one of the biggest trades were made which involved Kyrie Irving being traded to the Celtics for Isaiah Thomas.  Isaiah Thomas was unable to play last night due to a hip injury but Irving looked forward to playing in front of the Cleveland crowd in a different jersey.

The Cleveland Cavaliers would shoot fifty percent from the field as a team in the first quarter while the Boston Celtics shot thirty-five percent from the field.  Georgia-native Jaylen Brown shot forty-three percent from the field as he collected seven points.  He would also crash the boards for two defensive rebounds as new-point guard Kyrie Irving would shoot sixty percent from the field, earning six points.  Gordon Hayward would only score two points before going up for an alley-oop and landing awkwardly on his leg, breaking his ankle.  He would have to be carted off the court as he only recorded five minutes.

On the other end of the court, J.R. Smith recorded six points which would include one three-pointer.  New-shooting guard Dwyane Wade and Tristan Thompson would score five points each but Thompson would also grab three defensive rebounds.  LeBron James chalked up four points, along with four defensive rebounds and four assists.  New-Cavaliers players Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose would also score four points as the Ohio team ended the first quarter with a 29 to 19 lead.

In the second quarter, the Cavaliers shot forty-seven percent from the field as the Celtics would end up shooting thirty-three percent from the field.  James would start to heat up as he dropped ten points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  He also pulled down three defensive rebounds and dished off two assists.  Crowder would score seven points, three coming from beyond the arc and two coming from the free-throw line.  Kevin Love and Derrick Rose would both chalk up three points each but Love would add one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds with it while Rose gave out two assists.

As for the visiting team, Brown chalked up five points with three coming from behind the three-point line as he pulled down one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound.  Former San Antonio Spurs’ center Aron Baynes would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself four points while Kyrie Irving recorded three points, one coming from the free-throw line.  Terry Rozier would knock a shot down from behind the arc to give himself three points but it was the Cavaliers who went into halftime with a huge 54 to 38 lead over the Celtics.

The Boston Celtics would start to pick up in the third quarter as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field, limiting the Cavaliers to thirty-two percent.  Marcus Smart would heat up for twelve points while collecting two defensive rebounds and two assists.  Both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown ended up with eight points while Irving was limited to one three-pointer.

On the other end of the floor, Love would drop six points while grabbing one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Former Chicago Bulls’ point guard Derrick Rose would earn five points, three of them coming from beyond the arc while Wade would settle for three points.  LeBron James would play for nine minutes, only to score two points but he would pull down three defensive rebounds as the Celtics ended the third quarter with a thirty-three to eighteen run.

The Cleveland Cavaliers would shoot fifty-eight percent from the field in the fourth quarter as the Boston Celtics shot thirty-five percent from the field.  LeBron James would light the floor up with thirteen points including one three-pointer.  He also grabbed one offensive rebound and five defensive rebounds.  Both Love and Rose would each score five points while shooting fifty percent from the field.  They both would each knock down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.

Irving would heat up for ten points, nine coming from beyond the arc and one from the free-throw line.  He would also dish off three assists while Brown would score five points including one three-pointer.  Tatum would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only settle for four points.

With one minute and four seconds remaining in the game, the Cavaliers would have a one-point lead.  Out of a Cleveland timeout, James would find Love in the corner for a wide-open three-pointer, giving the home team a four-point lead.  Kyrie Irving would then get fouled, sending him to the free-throw line as he only connects for one of his two free-throws.  Right before the game expires, Irving would attempt a three-pointer to force overtime but would not be successful in doing so as the Cavaliers hold on to win the game, 102 to 99.  LeBron James finished the game with twenty-nine points, sixteen rebounds and nine assists while Jaylen Brown would finish with twenty-five points and six rebounds.

The Boston Celtics defeat the Chicago Bulls, winning the series 4-2

The Boston Celtics defeat the Chicago Bulls, winning the series 4-2

Last night marked Game 6 between the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls in their playoff series.  The first game would be a victory for the Chicago Bulls as they hand the Celtics a 106 to 102 loss.  In that game, Jimmy Butler would score thirty points, pull down nine rebounds and dish off three assists.  Isaiah Thomas finished with thirty-three points, six rebounds and six assists.  Game 2 would also be victory for the Chicago team as they defeat the Boston Celtics with a 111-97 score.  Jimmy Butler would finish with twenty-two points, eight rebounds and eight assists.  Dwyane Wade would also end up with twenty-two points, along with four rebounds and two assists.  The Celtics would bounce back in the third game as they hand the Illinois team a 104 to 87 blowout loss.  Al Horford scored eighteen points, pulled down eight rebounds and threw out six assists.  Dwyane Wade would settle for eighteen points, one rebound and three assists.  The Boston team would also take Game 4, pulling away with a 104 to 95 win.  Isaiah Thomas finished with thirty-three points, four rebounds and seven assists.  Jimmy Butler would chalk up thirty-three points, five rebounds and nine assists.  The Celtics would win the last game, as well, escaping with a 108-97 win.  In that game, Isaiah Thomas scored twenty-four points, grabbed five rebounds and dished off four assists.  Avery Bradley would drop twenty-four points, as well, along with six rebounds and one assist.  The Chicago Bulls looked to survive another game as they faced the Boston Celtics in the United Center last night.

The game would start off right for the Celtics as Avery Bradley would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he drops nine points, collecting two of those from behind the three-point lead.  Former Suns player, Gerald Green, would also shoot seventy-five percent from the field, collecting eight points which would include one three-pointer.  Isaiah Thomas would be limited to five points but he would get off three assists.  Al Horford would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but he would only be rewarded with four points.  He would crash the boards for three rebounds, along with four assists, though.  Jimmy Butler would get hot for ten points in the first quarter, along with three rebounds.  Robin Lopez would shoot seventy-five percent from the field to receive six points but it was the visiting team that would end the first quarter with a 30 to 23 lead.  The Celtics would continue to impress as Marcus Smart comes off the bench to knock down two three-pointers while pulling down two rebounds.  Bench player Kelly Olynyk would only put up four points but he would jump up to grab three defensive rebounds.  Jae Crowder, Al Horford and bench player, Terry Rozier, would each only hit one three-pointer.  Three-time All-Star, Jimmy Butler, would try to get his Chicago team into it as puts up seven points while he shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but it was the Celtics who walk into halftime with a 54-41 advantage.

Things would not get any brighter for the home team as the Celtics go on a huge 34 to 18 run in the third quarter.  During that run, Avery Bradley would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, lighting the floor up with thirteen points which would contain one three-pointer.  Georgia-native, Jae Crowder, would contribute with six points while he collects three of those from beyond the arc.  On the other end of the court, Butler would chalk up six points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Nikola Mirotic would earn five points, which contained one three-pointer but it was the Boston Celtics who would enter the fourth quarter with a huge 88-59 lead.  The home team would try to make a change in the game as Joffrey Lauvergne comes off the bench to put up eight points but it was the Boston Celtics who defeat the Chicago Bulls with a 105 to 83 score, winning the series, 4-2.  Avery Bradley would finish with twenty-three points, five rebounds and three assists.  Jimmy Butler would settle for twenty-three points and seven rebounds.

The Boston Celtics pull away with a win against the Chicago Bulls, gaining a 3-2 lead in series

The Boston Celtics pull away with a win against the Chicago Bulls, gaining a 3-2 lead in series

Last night marked the fifth game between the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls in their playoff series.  The beginning of the series would be a rocky start for the top-seed Celtics but they would manage to find themselves in Games 3 and 4.  In the first game, though, the Chicago Bulls would pull away with a 106 to 102 win.  Jimmy Butler would score thirty points, pull down nine rebounds and dish off three assists.  Isaiah Thomas would put up thirty-three points, six rebounds and six assists.  Game 2 would be a victory for the Chicago Bulls, as well, as they hand the Celtics a 111-97 loss.  In that game, Jimmy Butler finished with twenty-two points, eight rebounds and eight assists.  Dwyane Wade would also finish with twenty-two points, four rebounds and two assists.  Isaiah Thomas would settle for twenty points, four rebounds and two assists.  The Celtics would bounce back in Game 3 as they would win, 104 to 87.  Al Horford would score eighteen points, pull down eight rebounds and give out six assists.  Dwyane Wade ended up with eighteen points, one rebound and three assists.  Boston would also go on to win the last game, as Chicago falls short, 104-95.  Isaiah Thomas finished with thirty-three points, four rebounds and seven assists.  Jimmy Butler ended up with thirty-three points, five rebounds and nine assists.  Each team looked to take a 3-2 lead in the series last night as they faced off inside of the TD Garden.

The Celtics would start the game off on the right foot as shooting guard Avery Bradley drops nine points, which would include one three-pointer.  Isaiah Thomas would struggle in the first, though, as he is only held to four points which would all come from the free-throw line.  On the other end, former Heat star, Dwyane Wade would drop seven points which included one three-pointer.  Jimmy Butler would only shoot twenty-nine percent from the field, settling for just four points.  He would crash the boards to get four defensive rebounds, along with two assists, though.  Cristiano Felicio would come off the Chicago bench to receive four points himself but it was the home team that ended the first quarter with a 23 to 20 lead.  In the second period, former Thunder player, Anthony Morrow, would come off the Bulls bench to drop eight points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  Isaiah Canaan would earn himself six points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  Butler would shoot a perfect one-hundred from the field but would only be rewarded with four points.  Wade would chalk up four points, as well, along with two rebounds and three assists.  As for the Boston team, Bradley would add eight more points to his scoring total, along with two rebounds.  Kelly Olynyk would come off the bench to contribute with eight points, as well, shooting sixty percent from the field as the home team would enter the halftime with a 52-50 lead.

Chicago would go on a 31 to 27 run in the third quarter as Robin Lopez gets hot for ten points and three rebounds.  He would shoot a high eighty-three percent from the field while do so.  Wade would contribute with four rebounds, two assists and seven points, three coming from beyond the arc.  Jimmy Butler would knock down two three-pointers, earning himself six points along with two rebounds and three assists.  Al Horford will try to keep his Boston team in it as he drops eight points, six of those coming from behind the three-point line.  Avery Bradley would shoot sixty percent as he earns seven points, including one three-pointer but it was the Chicago Bulls that enter the last quarter with a 81-79 lead.  The fourth quarter would belong to the home team, though, as Al Horford shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, collecting eleven points.  Two-time All-Star, Isaiah Thomas, would also chalk up eleven points, along with three rebounds and one assist.  Wade would try to bring his team back into it as he puts up eight points but it was the Boston Celtics who pull away with a 108 to 97 win against the Chicago Bulls, taking a 3-2 lead in the series.  This entire game has been consisted of eighteen lead changes and thirteen ties.  Avery Bradley finished with twenty-four points (his new Playoff career-high), six rebounds and one assist.  Isaiah Thomas ended up with also twenty-four points, five rebounds and four assists.  Dwyane Wade would finish with twenty-six points, eleven rebounds and eight assists.

The Boston Celtics defeat the Chicago Bulls, tying the series 2-2

The Boston Celtics defeat the Chicago Bulls, tying the series 2-2

Things haven’t started off right for the number-one seed Boston Celtics but once Rondo went down with a thumb injury, luck started to be on their side.  Last night marked the fourth game between them and the Chicago Bulls in their playoff series.  The eight-seed Chicago Bulls would pull away with a 106 to 102 win in Game 1.  In that game, Jimmy Butler put up thirty points, nine rebounds and three assists.  Isaiah Thomas finished with thirty-three points, six rebounds and six assists.  Game 2 would be another victory for Chicago as they defeat Boston, 111-97.  Dwyane Wade ended up with twenty-two points, four rebounds and two assists.  Jimmy Butler finished with twenty-two points, eight rebounds and eight assists.  Isaiah Thomas would chalk up twenty points, four rebounds and two assists.  The last game these two played would turn out to be a 104 to 87 defeat for the Celtics.  Al Horford finished with eighteen points, eight rebounds and six assists.  Dwyane Wade would score eighteen points, pull down one rebound and dish off three assists.  The Boston Celtics looked to even the series up last night in Illinois against the Chicago Bulls.

The Boston Celtics would put on a huge scoring display in the first quarter, shooting fifty-three percent from the field, limiting the Chicago Bulls to twenty-five percent.  Point guard Isaiah Thomas would drop ten points, which would include one 3-pointer.  He would also share the ball around as he dishes off two assists.  Former Heat player, Gerald Green, would crash the boards for five rebounds and collect eight points, six coming from behind the arc.  On the other end of the court, Jimmy Butler would chalk up eleven points while grabbing three rebounds.  Dwyane Wade would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only earn four points.  Robin Lopez would play for nine points in the quarter only to be held scoreless, but he did manage to grab four rebounds.  Unfortunately for the home team, it was the Celtics who ended the first period with a huge 30 to 18 lead.  The Bulls would look to cut into the deficit as Nikola Mirotic drops eight points, which would contain two 3-pointers.  Three-time All-Star, Jimmy Butler, would contribute with six points but he would collect all of those at the free-throw line.  Isaiah Canaan would come off the Chicago bench to drop five points, collecting three of those from behind the 3-point line.  As for the visiting team, Gerald Green would chalk up eight points, containing two 3-pointers as the Boston team walks into halftime, holding onto a 57-46 advantage.

Isaiah Thomas would come out of halftime to drop ten points, shooting sixty percent from the field.  Former Hawks player, Al Horford, would score four points and collect four rebounds as Kelly Olynyk would come off the bench to put up four points of his own.  As for the home team, Butler would chalk up nine points and throw out four assists.  Robin Lopez would eventually heat up for eight points, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would also gobble up three rebounds but it was the Boston Celtics who enter the last quarter with a 79 to 70 lead.  Despite Jimmy Butler’s seven points in the fourth, the Boston Celtics would manage to close things out as Horford puts up nine points, which included one 3-pointer.  Thomas would go for seven points as the Boston Celtics defeat the Chicago Bulls, 104 to 95, tying the series up at 2-2.  Isaiah Thomas would finish with thirty-three points, four rebounds and seven assists.  Jimmy Butler would end up with thirty-three points (tying his Playoff career-high), five rebounds and nine assists (his new Playoff career-high).

The Boston Celtics cruise past Rondo-less Chicago Bulls team to win Game 3, making the series 2-1

The Boston Celtics cruise past Rondo-less Chicago Bulls team to win Game 3, making the series 2-1

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.

The Chicago Bulls defeat the Boston Celtics in Game 2, taking a 2-0 lead in series

The Chicago Bulls defeat the Boston Celtics in Game 2, taking a 2-0 lead in series

Last night marked the second game between the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls in their Playoff series.  The first game was a victory for the Chicago team as they won, 106-102.  In that game, Jimmy Butler would score thirty points, grab nine rebounds and dish out three assists.  Isaiah Thomas would finish with thirty-three points, five rebounds and six assists.  Celtics looked to tie the series last night in Boston.

The game started off right for the visiting team as Nikola Mirotic dropped ten points, which included two 3-pointers.  He also crashed the boards to get four rebounds, which would help the team out.  Former Celtics player, Rajon Rondo, would chalk up six points and dish out six assists.  Jimmy Butler was limited to five points in that quarter, shooting only 25% from the field.  On the other end, Isaiah Thomas dropped seven points, including one 3-pointer.  Avery Bradley would chalk up five points which contained one 3-pointer but it was the Chicago team that ended the first period with a 31-26 lead.  In the second quarter, Robin Lopez would shoot 75% from the field, earning himself six points.  The second-round pick in the 2016 draft, Paul Zipser, would come off the Bulls bench to shoot 75% from the field and collect six points, as well.  Jae Crowder would drop seven points for the Boston team, which included one 3-pointer.  Thomas would only be limited to four points, which all came from the free-throw line.  Marcus Smart would come off the bench to drop four points but it was the visitors would went into halftime holding onto a 54-46 advantage.  Things would not get easier for the home team as Butler comes out of the locker room to score ten points in the third quarter, which would contain one 3-pointer.  Lopez would knock down three of his four shots and hit two free-throws to earn himself eight points.  Isaiah Thomas would try to keep his team in the game as he throws up seven points but the Chicago Bulls would walk into the fourth quarter with a 86 to 75 lead.  The Illnois team would close things out in the last period as former Heat star, Dwyane Wade, lights the floor up with eleven points, containing two 3-pointers.  Toronto-native Kelly Olynyk would come off the Celtics bench to drop six points but it was the Chicago Bulls who defeat the Boston Celtics with a 111-97 win, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.  Jimmy Butler finished with twenty-two points, eight rebounds and eight assists (his new Playoff career-high).  Dwyane Wade would score twenty-two points, pull down four rebounds and throw out two assists.  Isaiah Thomas ended up with twenty points, four rebounds and two assists.

The Miami Heat get eliminated from the NBA Playoffs

The Miami Heat get eliminated from the NBA Playoffs

Tonight was the battle for the 7th and 8th seed in the Eastern Conference.  Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat were looking to stay alive in the top eight seeds of the Conference.  The Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat were tied for the 8th spot while the Indiana Pacers were sitting at number seven.  The Pacers would clinch the 7th seed if they won or if both the Bulls and the Heat lost.  They would be eliminated if they lost and both the Bulls and Heat won.  The Bulls would clinch the 7th seed if they won and the Pacers ended up with a loss.  They would be eliminated if they lost and the Heat won.  The Heat would clinch the 7th seed if they won and both the Pacers and the Bulls lost.  They would be eliminated if they lost and if the Bulls and Pacers both won.

The Miami Heat took on the Washington Wizards in Miami, where the Heat would win, 110-102.  The Chicago Bulls would take on the struggling Brooklyn Nets in Chicago where the Bulls easily won, 112-73.  The Indiana Pacers would take on the Atlanta Hawks in Indiana where the Pacers would win, 104-86.  With those being the final scores, the Miami Heat would be eliminated from the Playoffs while the Indiana Pacers and the Chicago Bulls would take the 7th and 8th seeds.  This would mark the first time the Chicago Bulls would play in the Playoffs since the 2014-2015 season and the second straight season for the Indiana Pacers.  The Indiana Pacers will face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round while the Chicago Bulls will face the Boston Celtics in the first round.  Miami Heat would end their season with a 41-41 record.