Rondo had 11 points and 14 assists on a night when all five Bulls starters reached double figures.
"Everybody's putting in extra work, watching that film, working on their game. And that's where your confidence always comes from".
The Chicago Bulls needed a 7-3 finish and a tie-breaker just to get into the National Basketball Association play-offs as the eighth seeds.
In other matches, the Los Angeles Clippers stopped the Utah Jazz, 99-91, in LA while the Toronto Raptors held off the Milwaukee Bucks, 106-100, in Toronto to even their respective series at one game apiece.
"We have to get ready to play great on Friday", Stevens said after the 111-97 loss to the Bulls.in Game 2 Tuesday night.
Wade, who scored 22 points in Game 2, had nothing but strong praise for Rondo in his postgame presser, even saying that he once hated going up against Rondo because of how smart and fiery he is.
The Celtics are at their best this season and they go on their biggest runs when they are generating steals and scoring quickly in transition.
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No one is going to give us this league, we have to work for it like we have done for the majority of this season. "We gave them double problems".
Not moving any of their picks or young players at the deadline was a reasonable decision, and at the time a defensible one. The duo dominated the paint coming up with 8 offensive rebounds, which ultimately lead to the 23 second chance points by the Bulls. "It wasn't moving at all", Celtics guard Avery Bradley said. "I thought we would make a move, be it a big one or a small one. As a polished team we have to know when to take those shots and when not to".
The Jazz never led in the game and got no closer than six points in the fourth. He only got eight shots in the first game and only 13 in the second game, but he's a special talent and deserves to have more. That put Chicago back in the postseason, after missing out a year ago for the first time since 2008.
"You play the 82 games to learn about yourself", Wade said.
"I hated him as a competitor (referencing playing against the Celtics during his tenor with the Heat) he was that good".
Thomas did not speak to the media afterward and will now head to Tacoma, Washington to be with his family to finalize funeral arrangements for his sister, Chyna Thomas. "You get three or four days of prep on a team, lock into their game plan". "You have to continue to be positive and go out there and play hard no matter what the outcome is".
Boston has struggled to control the boards all season, and it's one reason it may go home for the summer earlier than anyone expected. He was an underrated-at best-center that played solid minutes on a lowly New York Knicks team that seldom garnered any praise from the national media.
Their Game 1 victory would not be their only win over the Celtics either.