Wade said the Bulls' performance so far in this series is a testament to how much they've grown. He is one of the hardest workers and craftiest players in the National Basketball Association, but he isn't better than LeBron James, John Wall, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jimmy Butler or Paul George. I remember his press conference.
That said, it is hard to ignore the emotional impact that Thomas' sister's death had on the team. At one point, Paul's mouthpiece went flying and landed on the opposite side of the court from him. Oladipo, Oklahoma City's No. 2 scorer in the regular season, is averaging 8.5 points and shooting a woeful 19 percent from the field in the series.
The 1-seeded Boston Celtics are in a 2-0 hole in their playoff series against the Chicago Bulls, with the series shifting to Chicago for Game 3 on Friday night.
"I've been in the league 14 years", Wade said. "I want to be up for an Oscar in my supporting role". Jimmy is the lead actor here.
"I'm going to lie?" But I enjoy those opportunities.
Boston, on the other hand, stood pat. And God willing, the ball went in. Cameron Payne is expected to now be active for tonight, just in case. "Whether it be a coverage, whether it be a lineup, whether it be anything, something has to change because [the Bulls] are comfortable at this point. So we all have to be prepared to shine in our leading moments".
In a hallway they exchanged hand-slaps, not unlike the picture Rondo posted to his Instagram account on January 26 of him with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from their shared Celtics championship season.
However, the Bulls came out alive in the final couple of weeks of the regular season to earn the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. For the past two games, Celtics doesn't seem to know how to adjust with Chicago Bulls.
"That's the goal", Wade said. "It's just totally different". At the same time, the guys are going to get an opportunity to play more. And then what I bring in.
"(The Bulls) came in and took (it), and we have to do the same thing", said Boston's Jae Crowder.
"We're fighting for our lives right here", Celtics forward Al Horford said.
The Bulls won two games this week in front of a very unfriendly crowd in Boston.
As recently as March 17th-just over a month ago-the Chicago Bulls were in shambles. There are more distractions and an occasional tendency to relax.
Jazz: Gobert, who injured his knee just 17 seconds into the series opener, joined two assistant coaches for a pregame meal in the media dining room, an area rarely visited by players.
Robin Lopez has been one of the biggest problems for the Celtics in the series.
"There are flaws with them", he said. And we are not playing our best basketball. We've got young guys that are stepping in, we've got to make sure that they're comfortable. Now, I'm older. Down 7-0 to start the game, I'm not even thinking about that. "So that tells me he's not in shape to play". But the most irritating comment Barkley made was the following: "I'm not feeling comfortable with him sitting on the sideline crying like that". The "We Believe" Dubs were +1,400 underdogs to top Dallas, according to a SF Gate story.