The Chicago Bulls were an unmitigated disaster for the majority of the regular season. Their roster was an amalgamation of three or four different styles of play — a team built for a recently deceased era of basketball — and they played like it. The result: Coach Fred Hoiberg was on the hot seat, Jimmy Butler was on the trade block, and Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade both had options that the Bulls were going to decline and were hoping would be declined, respectively. But, perhaps against better judgment, the Bulls didn't fire their coach, didn't trade Butler, didn't buy out Rondo, and saw Wade miss the last bit of the regular season with an injury, and those things, combined with a comically weak late-season schedule and the collective failure of the rest of the East, earned Chicago the eight seed in this year's playoffs. They stood pat. And that team — that fundamentally flawed, haphazard squad — is now up 2-0 on the top seed in the Eastern Conference after Tuesday's 111-97 win over the Celtics Boston fans, who fairly (but irrationally) expected better from this Celtics team this postseason, are, of course, losing it after their team lost the first two games of the postseason at home. They're so verklempt that some are even calling for the head of the Boy Wonder, Celtics coach Brad Stevens.
Don’t blame Brad Stevens for the Celtics’ 2-0 hole — blame Danny Ainge
Fox Sports | Apr 19