Sport Celtics face must-win situation against Bulls

19:51  21 april  2017
19:51  21 april  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Isaiah Thomas’s sister killed in car accident

  Isaiah Thomas’s sister killed in car accident Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas’s younger sister, Chyna Thomas, was killed in a car accident in Washington state early Saturday morning, a source close to the family confirmed. According to Washington State Patrol spokesman Nick King, the one-car crash involving Chyna Thomas’s 1998 Toyota Camry occurred at about 5 a.m. on Interstate 5 in Federal Way, Wash., which is about 15 miles northeast of Thomas’s hometown of Tacoma.King said that two witnesses observed the car slowly veer onto a patch of grass on the left shoulder of the road before striking a cement structure.

CHICAGO — With his team in a 2-0 hole, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens can’t rule out any possibilities. So when the Celtics ’ first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Chicago Bulls shifts to the United Center on Friday night

Celtics face must - win situation against Bulls . STATS TSX. Apr 21, 2017. CHICAGO -- With his team in a 2-0 hole, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens can't rule out any possibilities.

CHICAGO -- With his team in a 2-0 hole, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens can't rule out any possibilities.

So when the Celtics' first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Chicago Bulls shifts to the United Center on Friday night, Stevens is leaving his options open -- even if that means changing how his team looked in two lopsided losses.

Meanwhile, the Bulls will look to replicate a game plan that provided them with two road victories over the top-seeded Celtics.

Isaiah Thomas will play in Game 1 following sister's death

  Isaiah Thomas will play in Game 1 following sister's death Isaiah Thomas will suit up amid tragedy. While the Boston Celtics point guard is "struggling," he intends to play in Sunday's first-round series opener versus the Chicago Bulls, head coach Brad Stevens announced.The contest comes just one day after Thomas' sister, Chyna, was killed in a car accident.It was possible the 28-year-old would forego playing in the game to return to his hometown of Tacoma, Wash., to be with his family. Instead, the All-Star participated in Boston's walk-through and will be in the starting lineup for the 6:30 p.m. ET tip at TD Garden.

So when the Celtics ' first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Chicago Bulls shifts to the United Center on Friday night, Stevens is leaving his options open -- even if that means changing how his team looked in two lopsided losses. Meanwhile, the Bulls will look to replicate a game plan

Comment. The Chicago Bulls will play game one against the Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon. The Chicago Bulls front office faced a decision this past offseason. Bleacher Report 6d agoWith 2 ' Must - Win ' Games Left, Chicago Bulls Have a Dwyane Wade Problem.

However, the Bulls will have to do it without guard Rajon Rondo, who suffered a fractured right thumb in Game 2 on Tuesday night and will be out indefinitely, the team announced Friday. His injury will not require surgery.

Rondo is averaging 11.5 points, 10 assists and 8.5 rebounds in the Bulls' two victories over the Celtics.

"We have to continue to go out and play for each other," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Thursday before knowing the extent of Rondo's injury. "I know our guys aren't satisfied, and we have to continue to bring it, and I'm confident that our guys will."

The Celtics find themselves scrambling to right the ship before the series gets any worse for Boston than it already is. The team and star guard Isaiah Thomas are already dealing with the emotional pain that came when Thomas' sister, Chyna, was killed in a car accident last weekend.

Watch an emotional Isaiah Thomas get introduced in Boston before Game 1 vs. Bulls

  Watch an emotional Isaiah Thomas get introduced in Boston before Game 1 vs. Bulls Isaiah's sister died in a car accident on Saturday

Celtics need a change of pace against Bulls . And because of that, the Celtics find themselves in a must - win situation .

The Celtics will win Game 2 tonight at the Garden against Bulls and even the series at one win each. And because of that, the Celtics find themselves in a must - win situation .

Thomas left to be with his family in Tacoma, Wash., on Wednesday and according to the Boston Herald, funeral arrangements were not yet complete. The Celtics traveled to Chicago without Thomas, who is expected to return to play in Game 3 on Friday night.

"This is really hard, this is super hard on Isaiah, you can tell," Stevens said Wednesday. "During the games and walkthroughs, he's trying his very best to focus. (Basketball) can be a guy's sanctuary. That's what the gym is for Isaiah. It alleviates the pain for a couple of hours. We are here to support him in any which way we can. It's tough, a challenge, but it's what we're supposed to do."

Stevens also faces the challenge of rallying his team after back-to-back losses. While he said he wouldn't take possible lineup changes off the table, Stevens added that his team needs to focus on the small things and make changes on a possession-by-possession basis rather than trying to figure out how to make up for all of the shortcomings that put the Celtics in the hole they find themselves in.

Isaiah Thomas to play in Game 2, fly home after

  Isaiah Thomas to play in Game 2, fly home after Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas is planning to play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Monday that Thomas will join his teammates against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday and then fly home to be with his family in Washington.Brad Stevens says Isaiah's plan is to play tomorrow and then go to Tacoma Wednesday morning.— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) April 17, 2017Thomas is dealing with the tragic death of his 22-year-old sister, who was involved in a car accident on Saturday afternoon.

The eighth-seeded Chicago Bulls travel to face the top-seeded Boston Celtics Tuesday night. Boston, knowing that they are in a near must win situation , squares the series here. Chicago can ill afford to solely rely on Butler, especially given his struggles in the regular season against the Celtics .

Fred Hoiberg’s men are desperate to book their place in the Eastern Conference play-offs and they face a must - win situation in Thursday’s clash against Cleveland Cavaliers. Nonetheless, Boston Celtics are breathing down their neck, meaning that Thursday’s game against Chicago Bulls is of big

"We need to go to Chicago and steal two from them just like they did to us," guard Avery Bradley said. "That's our mentality ... now it's our job to go out there and prove it."

For his part, Hoiberg will continue to stress the little things that gave the Bulls the advantage as they head back to Chicago.

The Chicago bench also played a major role in the first two games. On Thursday, Hoiberg praised reserves Bobby Portis and Paul Zipser for their parts in Chicago's success.

Hoiberg also likes the pace and unselfishness the Bulls played with in Boston. Given the resiliency and road poise he expects to see from the Celtics starting Friday night, he wants to keep things as status quo as possible moving forward.

"It's about everybody on your roster playing a part," Hoiberg said. "That's what it's all about this time of year is going out and playing your role to the best of your abilities and doing your job."

PHOTOS: 2017 NBA PLAYOFFS


Isaiah Thomas will play in Game 1 vs. Wizards .
Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas will play on Sunday against the Wizards in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Thomas traveled to Tacoma, Wash., late Friday night so he could attend his younger sister’s funeral on Saturday. He returned late Saturday night.“He’s back,” coach Brad Stevens said before Sunday’s tipoff. “He’s ready to play.”Stevens said his discussions with Thomas on Saturday weren’t about hoops, but instead about how hard it is to speak at a funeral.Chyna Thomas, 22, was killed in a one-car crash in Federal Way, Wash., on April 15.

Source: http://us.pressfrom.com/news/sports/-42695-celtics-face-must-win-situation-against-bulls/

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!