The Bulls beat the Celtics 111-97 on Tuesday to become just the second No. 8 seed to go up 2-0 on a No. 1 seed. The other: the 1993 Lakers against the Suns. The good news for the Celtics: That Suns team ended up reaching the NBA Finals. – Fox Sports
And now a live look in at Celtics fans after Tuesday night’s loss:
It’s one thing to lose the first two games on your home court, but it’s another thing entirely to get outplayed this badly against a team that won only 16 road games all year. After getting outrebounded 53-36 in game 1, Celts coach Brad Stevens made zero adjustments and the Celtics again gave up too many second chance opportunities to a team with a lot of offensive weapons. The rebounding disparity wasn’t as bad (43-38) but stats aren’t going to tell you the story of game 2. The Celtics played their best basketball in the opening minutes, but after that Rajon Rondo, Dwayne Wade, Jimmy Butler and Robin Lopez took over.
The Bulls hit a lot of shots, but most of those were open, and it’s not unheard of for a team to shoot 50% from the field and 40% from 3 point range, especially when many of those shots are uncontested. The Celtics are falling apart at the worst time, and are being outplayed at every position. Isiah Thomas is the Celts best weapon, but Rondo is whipping his ass at both ends of the floor. IT’s defensive holes were put on full display last night, as Rondo went for 11 points, 9 rebounds, 14 assists and 5 steals. It’s a tough spot for IT to be in, because the Celtics need him on the floor for his offense. While Avery Bradley would match up better with Rondo and stop him from getting to the basket, the Celts need him to put constant pressure on Jimmy Butler. With this series heading back to Chicago, the Celtics may have just played their final game in Boston this year.
RR – The Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, cutting ties with the last remnant of Boston’s last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title.
Boston will also receive a conditional first-round pick in the 2015 draft and a second-rounder in 2016, as well as a $12.9 million trade exception.
Mark Cuban wants another NBA championship, and he wants it now. When Dirk Nowitzki took the hometown discount to stay with Dallas this offseason, Cuban promised he would build a championship contender around him. With the trade for Rajon Rondo now complete, that’s exactly what Mark Cuban has done. The Dallas Mavericks are 19-8 this season. They’re statistically the best offense in the league, and have one of the best starting fives in the league minus their point guard. One of those things is about change. Rajon Rondo is a great point guard. He leads the league in assists, and now he has guys like Monta Ellis, Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons at his disposable, as well as unlimited alley-oop opportunities with Tyson Chandler. The Mavs lose starting point guard Jameer Nelson and reserves Brandon Wright and Jae Crowder, as well as future draft picks. They basically traded their starting, incredibly ineffective point guard and a very good backup center for a top 5 point guard. I’d rather have to search for a backup center to eat minutes then a starting point guard, and it seems Cuban and the Mavs would agree. I don’t know how much of a difference Rondo will make in their half court defensive game, but having a true point guard who can control the tempo of the game and cut down on turnovers will help limit fast breaks and easy points for the other team. The starting five of Rondo, Ellis, Parsons, Nowitzki and Chandler now rival any starting five in the league, and their league best average of 110 points per game somehow just got better. Besides their defensive woes, the Mavs big challenge has been winning against the other top tier teams in the West. Adding an all-star point guard like Rondo can only help them in that department.