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Brad Stevens responds to Fred Hoiberg's dig at Isaiah Thomas

Brad Stevens responds to Fred Hoiberg's dig at Isaiah Thomas

"When you're allowed to discontinue your dribble on every possession, he's impossible to guard", Hoiberg said after his Bulls lost 104-95 in Game 4 at the United Center.

Now with the Bulls in danger, the need for Rondo increases.

Well, in the case of the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls, the series doesn't start until the home team wins a game.

"I've said it all along this year: He's been as good a teammate and person to coach as I've ever been around, at any level, as far as my playing days and everything", coach Fred Hoiberg said. "I thought his initial ball pressure was good". You can't get comfortable and think this series is over because they're going to bring it next game.

The eighth-seeded Bulls looked as if they were positioning themselves to knock off the top-seeded Celtics after taking the first two games in Boston.

Crowder jawed at the Bulls' bench after hitting a jumper and Rondo - sidelined by a broken right thumb - extended his leg as Crowder walked by. Hoiberg said Monday that the wrist tendon had "quieted down a little bit", which was the reason behind the decision to remove the cast.

Hoiberg believes it's unlikely that Rondo will be ready to return before the series is over, but he wouldn't rule out the possibility.

Rondo's injury seems to have exposed a lack of depth at a key position.

The league announced the fine hours before Game 4 tipped off on Sunday.

He played reasonably well with 13 points in 34 minutes in his first appearance since April 10 and tried his best to contain Isaiah Thomas. "You don't want to see him try to prove himself in a series like this by getting overly aggressive on Butler or by trying to match him on the offensive end". The Bulls had Cameron Payne inactive and opted not to go with first-round draft pick Denzel Valentine.

Cavs go 2-0 up in Pacers playoff
Stevens says that after services for Thomas' sister, the star guard intends to rejoin the team Friday for Game 3 in Chicago. The Cavs took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series and can close out the series in Game 4 Sunday at 1 p.m.in Indianapolis.


To accomplish this, Stevens has gone with speed over brawn, giving extensive playing time to Green and throwing Terry Rozier into the fray.

In a separate incident, Butler and Celtics guard Marcus Smart were each assessed technical fouls in the second quarter for exchanging words after Smart had the ball stripped from him by Bulls backup point guard Isaiah Canaan. "They believe in me, and being here is what makes me, I guess, sane and makes me feel somewhat normal through this tough time". "I just feed off what the guys give me".

The heavy minutes that Canaan accumulated in Game 4 may have come as a surprise to some fans, considering he didn't receive any action in 22 games this season.

"We don't come out with any energy in the first quarter", Butler said. But with how odd this series has been, you never know what could happen. John Lucas III, D.J. G Michael Carter-Williams remained in the rotation, and he played eight scoreless minutes.

If nothing else, the Bulls are clearly missing Rondo at the moment. Looking at his performance in Game 4, it's hard to argue against that.

After all, the four-time All-Star and 2008 National Basketball Association champion was in and out of the starting lineup. "That's two games in a row now we've gotten ourselves down 20 points and fought all the way back".

Even though he's one of the shortest players in the National Basketball Association - he's listed at 5 feet, 9 inches - Thomas regularly comes up big. "Obviously when it was big-big, we dominated them", Dwyane Wade said.

With the Celtics headed to Boston for Game 5, they now have control of the series again. It's the next one.

The C's will nearly surely continue this strategy in Game 5 and beyond. Tomorrow will be mental and physical. "We'll see how it goes".


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