Coming off of a Game 1 performance in which he posted 12 points, eight rebounds six assists, a block and two steals over 27 minutes, he turned in a vintage performance in Game 2, almost posting a triple-double with 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting along with nine rebounds, 14 assists and five steals over 40 dominant minutes in the 111-97 victory. The ex-Celtic turned on the tables on his former team, racking up a truly-impactful 11 points, 9 rebounds, 14 assists and 5 steals over 40 minutes.
"It's key when you have a point guard like him that controls the whole game - you've just got to play", said Dwyane Wade, who had 22 points, eight of them coming in a 10-0 spurt that put away Game 2.
Isaiah Thomas, who lost his 22-year old sister to a auto accident a day before Game 1, put up a gallant performance with 33 points.
According to head coach Brad Stevens, Thomas is expected to play in Game 2 tonight and then fly home to Washington for his sister's funeral and to be with his family. Scored 46 points in the first half of both Games 1 and 2. "One thing I learned about this team is through adverse situations, this team sticks together".
In general, the Boston Celtics have had time to assess and adjust what all went wrong in Game 1.
The 5ft 9in guard has been outstanding for Boston this season but was rendered ineffectual in Game 2 - finishing just six of 15 from the floor. As Bradley told reporters following the game, they can't continue this series with their heads down. We have the unit to go to Chicago and take Game 3. It's going to be exciting so don't miss a single second of the game. He also grabbed nine rebounds and Robin Lopez hauled down eight of his team's 20 offensive boards in the win.
Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Home court might be less important in this series. I wouldn't be in this position unless my teammates did what those guys did last game--Bobby Portis made some big plays, (Jerian) Grant made big plays. Now, the team looks perhaps the best it has at any point this season.
Lowry scored just four points in Saturday's Game 1 loss, missing all six of his 3-point attempts. The Bulls are led by three players who are or have recently been starring in the National Basketball Association, each with more than a handful of playoff experience.