5 takeaways from Celtics' Game 2 loss to Bulls

Stevens: Thomas 'intention to play' after sister's death

Now, the Bulls are in complete control of their first-round Eastern Conference series against the top-seeded Boston Celtics.

Celtic guard Marcus Smart exchanged words with a fan after he missed a three-point shot late in the fourth quarter of Boston's 111-97 Game 2 loss to the Bulls.

The Celtics point guard released a heartfelt statement Thursday (AEDT) summarizing his emotional turmoil following the death of his younger sister and thanking those who have expressed their support since the tragic single-car accident Sunday.

A closer look clearly shows Smart also flipped the bird before pointing in the fan's direction and putting his finger to his lips. The Bulls outscored the Celtics in the paint 32-20 for the half. Horford finished with 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists with a 3 +/-, Bradley finished with 14 points and a 6 +/- and Thomas with a 12 +/-. Jimmy Butler, who averaged just under 24 points per game during the regular season, scored 30 points.

"[The Bulls] came in and took [it], and we have to do the same thing", Crowder said.

The Bulls host Game 3 on Friday.

Hopefully, coach Brad Stevens can make the proper adjustments in Game 3 to get his team back on track. According to ESPN, Thomas flew from Boston to Washington Wednesday morning. Boston's early rebounding edge evaporated just as fast, with all five Bulls starters grabbing an offensive rebound in the first six minutes of action. But Bradley said while the team continues to grieve for him, it can't be a distraction when they are on the court. I'll bet this fan was highly obnoxious; Marcus Smart should've been given a bonus!

The Celtics are daring him to let it go to prevent Chicago's ball-handlers from creating plays, and Lopez is making the Celtics pay dearly for doing so.

"We have to play hard no matter what", Bradley said.

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