Thomas leads Celtics to victory, 3-2 series lead

Thomas leads Celtics to victory, 3-2 series lead

There are no more excuses to turn to for a Bulls team on the brink of being eliminated. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009. Avery Bradley matched IT's point total, with many of his points coming in the first half as the rest of the Celtics' offense struggled.

Rajon Rondo suited up for the pre-game shoot-around but with a fractured thumb still bothering him immensely he sat on the bench wearing a suit when Game 5 tipped off.

After struggling in the first half of Wednesday's NBA Playoffs Game 5 matchup against the Chicago Bulls, Thomas decided to make a change.

"We had a film session in the hotel this morning".

We'll have up-to-the-minute scoring and stats here throughout the game. Avery Bradley is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. He underwent X-rays earlier this week that revealed the injury has not healed.

Hoiberg also said forward Jimmy Butler had "some soreness" in his right knee but would play Friday. After drawing 23 free throws in Game 4, Butler went to the line just once in Game 5.

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"We still understand it's a longshot", Hoiberg said. Jimmy is a warrior. "And we're going to continue to fight". AB did a great job of sticking with Butler without fouling each time down the floor. But then in the fourth quarter, they chucked it away. He'll get treatment around the clock. Like I said, we're going home, where we lost the last two. Isaiah Canaan got the start at point and scored 13 points, but the ball was mostly in Wade's hands down the stretch.

Hoiberg, who had complained about Isaiah Thomas carrying the ball following Game 4, responded with a terse "no" when asked if he saw the C's guard carry the ball last night.

Hoiberg says his team played most of the Game 5 loss in Boston without a point guard on the floor.

"This whole group remains confident in everybody, from the first guy to the last guy", said Thomas, who shot just one-for-10 from beyond the arc but was ideal at the free-throw line, going 11-for-11.

Jimmy Butler, who has been going to the free throw line a lot in the series, also must continue to drive to the basket and draw contact.

Cory Joseph had five points in a 9-0 run in the final 2 minutes, including a 3-pointer with 1:27 left, to help stave off the pesky Bucks. Three series are in the same situation. If the Bulls can draw level on Saturday, the teams will return to Boston for a possible Game 7 next week. "They got some things on us that we didn't want to give up in late in the fourth".