Celtics beat Bulls 108-97, take 3-2 lead in series

Chicago opened the game strong and kept it tight through the first three quarters.

He finished with 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

Bulls guard Jimmy Butler had just 14 points on six-of-15 shooting and Chicago were minus-11 with their star on the floor.

It's the kind of night Jimmy Butler usually prides himself on - scoring and guarding the best opposing scorer.

Dwyane Wade, who has been in this situation many times over the course of his career, said Wednesday night after the game that the onus is on the other Bulls, particularly himself, to take some of the offensive burden off of Butler and get him better looks.

"I said it earlier: We went to Chicago knowing that we were going to win those games, not hoping", Bradley said.

Butler, who shot 23 free throws in Game Four and made 19, was 0-for-one on Wednesday.

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"I had a good feeling in my heart when we came here 0-2 that we would come together and give ourselves a chance to win Game 3", Crowder said. In Games 1 and 2, the Bulls enjoyed advantages of plus-17 in rebounding and plus-10 in second-chance points.

And in National Basketball Association history, when a series is tied 2-2 the Game 5 victor wins the series 85 percent of the time. The head coach's response was "No", then he simply got up and left. "Like we talked about [Wednesday], it's still a longshot that he's back on the court, at least for this series". What was a one-point deficit when he entered the game with nine and a half to go in the fourth slowly expanded into the eventual margin of defeat.

The Celtics know they can win in Chicago, as they've done it twice in this series already. Rondo's numbers are huge enough to help the Bulls in the coming game. But with the season and discomforting optics potentially hanging in the balance for the top-seeded C's, Thomas' teammates had his back in a major way.

The Bulls say Rajon Rondo is out for Friday night's Game 6 against the Boston Celtics as he continues to recover from a fractured right thumb and a torn ligament in his right wrist. We're talking about a point guard who has a thumb injury on his shooting hand.

Hoiberg confirmed that Isaiah Canaan will be the Bulls' starting point guard for Game 6. Rozier may have had the greatest play of the game though with his steal and slam in the second quarter.

"No", he said, before walking out.

Isaiah Canaan, he of the team-leading 29 "Did Not Play, Coach's Decision" designations, is the Bulls' starter.