Halfway to history, leaving nothing to chance. The TD Garden was the Bulls' personal playpen on Tuesday night in their decisive 111-97 win, as the veteran leaders sensed before the game an opportunity was upon them and weren't going to leave anything to chance. They wanted to make the Celtics quit, and Rajon Rondo wasn't shy about letting everybody know exactly what his intentions were. Jimmy Butler is intent on showing the front office that he's a No. 1 guy you build around, not one you dangle to jumpstart a rebuild. Dwyane Wade, seemingly the one with nothing to prove, wants to show he's still living for May and June. The three were actually greeted by Celtics GM Danny Ainge after they left their press conference, exchanging pleasantries. Wade has put Ainge out, Ainge wants Butler in, and Ainge knows exactly what "Playoff Rondo" is all about. Three individual agendas, one common goal. Wade fourth-quarter daggers, scoring 11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter. Butler doing it all with 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Their elevator goes higher than the Celtics on talent and experience, with veterans who are aroused by the pressure of the playoffs compared to the often-mundane regular season.
Butler, Wade, Rondo met by themselves for an hour before Game 2
CSN Chicago | Apr 20