National Basketball Association roundup: Bulls seize 2-0 lead over Celtics

Brad Stevens has kept an eye on Rondo, whom he coached for parts of two seasons. And the longest tenured Boston player couldn't disagree as he saw his teammates hold their heads down en route to the East top team falling into a 0-2 hole against the eighth-seeded Chicago squad.

"He's playing with a lot of leadership out there", added Celtics forward Jae Crowder after his team's performance brought boos from the Boston faithful.

There was nothing that prompted Hoiberg to bench Rondo in Game 2, as he sat for a grand total of just eight minutes on the night. It appeared as if Boston was well on its way to tying up the first-round series, but then Rondo was able to pull the momentum into Chicago's favor.

LOS ANGELES - Blake Griffin scored 24 points, and Los Angeles beat Utah in Game 2 to even the Western Conference first-round playoff series at one game apiece. "I felt like that in the first half". He did just that, playing with objective, poise and precision of the likes that the Celtics could not match. "And then the defensive rebounding's an issue".

"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. That type of play from supporting players is what the Celtics will need to climb back into this series and play like the higher seed. Join the Chowder and Champions team!

"I said this the other day: It's hard".

Boston now will have to try to figure out its offensive woes in Chicago in Games 3 and 4. He had six turnovers, though his offense is more important than his turnovers. The two squads also locked in winning two games apiece in the regular season series this year.

"Everybody's putting in each work, watching film, working on their game", Butler said. "That's the thing that made us closer and stronger together". With the importance of the games now, the Bulls have looked like a team rejuvenated. In the victory, the Bulls racked up an astonishing 20 offensive rebounds, and they used their athleticism inside to keep possession of the ball and earn themselves more time on the offensive side of the floor. They gave up.' But you never can let a team see that.

The No 3 seeds edged out Milwaukee off the back of solid shooting nights from their two star men - DeMar Derozan and Kyle Lowry - something that they sorely missed in the opening match-up. Boston's roster features multiple capable players - both starters and off the bench - who can contribute on the offensive end.