Game 2 of the series was not won simply because of Rondo's near triple-double or Jimmy's second half clutch shots. Game 3 will be different from the first two games of the series. "And when your point guard, your leader is prepared, we're all prepared".
With a 2-0 lead and the series heading back to the Windy City, the Bulls have an opportunity to potentially close out the series at home.
They're emboldened by what they've overcome. We had some carless turnovers that aren't typical of our team.
When Wade signed with the Bulls, he openly stated it was Butler's team and he was there to aid the growing star.
This is no fluke lead.
The Bulls host Game 3 on Friday. That hasn't been the case for much of this season, even in the Game 1 victory. At one point, Paul's mouthpiece went flying and landed on the opposite side of the court from him.
It's prudent to remember that defensive rebound rate is not the primary indicator of team success.
It was hard to see the Bulls in this position. Often times in the regular season, Rondo would be eager to push the ball once he secured a rebound, but had no one accompanying him on the run.
In Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Clippers turned up the pressure inside on Tuesday to salvage a split of the first two games of their National Basketball Association playoff series against the Utah Jazz.
Atlanta Braves vs. San Diego Padres
The new ballpark is approximately 15 miles northwest of Turner Field, and fans can reach the ballpark using either I-285 or I-75. Braves Vice Chairman John Schuerholz dedicated the ballpark to the team's fans during the opening ceremony.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Bucks. Khris Middleton scored 20 points and Greg Monroe had 18.
But Rondo is proving the biggest revelation. "You've just got to keep your composure and your trust". I mean, I think we all do.
Over the first two games of the series, Smart has averaged 11 points, five rebounds and four assists. You gotta go through something for it to happen. The problem is that they do not need any individual player to make that extra play, they need to rediscover their identity as a team, because that is the only way enough players will make the necessary improvements.
While some might be shocked by how Chicago has played as a No. 8 seed that was just 41-41, Butler made it clear he's not one of those folks.
"Hated him ... hated him as a competitor, " Wade said.
"That hate is that respect", Wade said to the media.
Whatever we thought we knew about the Bulls no longer applies. And then he knows the second option.
"There's just stuff that we can clean up", starting center Amir Johnson said.
"I'm not surprised because, everybody is so locked in right now". Fred gives us a voice and Rondo gives us another voice. I know what's at stake. He's watching film all the time. We had to learn how to play together. "Hopefully it will continue on the rest of the series". They had great chemistry early on in the season.