Thomas learned after Saturday's practice that his 22-year-old sister was killed in a auto crash in Tacoma, Washington. "That's just not a good look, in my personal opinion". But we executed extremely well. "Those have got to come on his own time, and then we'll adjust accordingly".
Heading into the 4th quarter the Bulls and Celtics were notched up at 76.
Bobby Portis finished with 19 for the Bulls.
"It's a team effort".
"My deepest sympathy and prayers goes up to him and his mother, his father, whoever is in his life".
"He was incredible", Stevens said.
Westbrook had 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, but made just six-of-23 shots and had nine turnovers.
Still, this was only one game and if the Celtics take care of business in game two then the conversation will shift back to a more neutral place.
The Bulls and Celtics will meet again in Boston for Game 2 on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.
Robin Lopez and Rajon Rondo alone combined for 12 offensive boards; Jimmy Butler had three. He scored 33 or more points just 16 times. In fact, the former Celtics star expects nothing less from the boisterous fans who once cheered him on for eight-plus seasons. He averaged just 6.8 points per game in the regular season, and Sunday tied his third-highest scoring total on the season. He wasn't the only Boston player a little off their game in the first half.
The Bulls had their moments of fallibility as well. Thomas led a fast break down the court and threw a fancy between-the-legs pass to Bradley.
But first, Thomas and his teammates have to see if they can even their playoff series with the Chicago Bulls. We're not going to make excuses, but this was hard. "I felt like our guys really dealt with it the right way, but Isaiah is the one who I feel dealt with it the best". It's going to be exciting so don't miss a single second of the game. The Celtics crowd went insane.
Thomas was emotional in the moments leading up to tipoff, and received a thunderous ovation as he was introduced to the fans in attendance.
On his shoes were written several messages, including "Chyna", "RIP Lil Sis" and "I love you". During Monday's shootaround, TV cameras captured Bradley comforting a tearful Thomas on the bench. After beating the Boston Celtics in Game 1, Chicago is hoping to steal a second straight game at TD Garden.
Thomas, the team's leading scorer and at 5-foot-9 the NBA's mightiest mite, could not let a franchise, a city and himself down by running home to Seattle.
"I don't know. All this is new territory for this team", Wade said. "So either after the game (Tuesday) night or Wednesday morning".
WASHINGTON (AP) - John Wall scored a playoff career-high 32 points and Markieff Morris added 21 in his National Basketball Association postseason debut to help Washington beat Atlanta in Game 1. "And days won't get any easier for him, but he somehow plays like that".