Updated April 19, 2017
Posted April 19, 2017
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Boston Celtics lost home-court advantage in their first-round playoff series on Sunday. They woke up Wednesday realizing that their season could be over by the weekend.
They head to Chicago halfway to golf season. Jimmy Butler scored 22 points, while Rajon Rondo finished a rebound shy of a triple-double and the Bulls scored a 111-97 win Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead.
Five other No. 1 seed teams lost in the first round to the eighth seed. The 2012 Chicago Bulls were the most recent, but they lost starters Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah to injuries in that series vs. the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Celtics were at full strength Tuesday, as Isaiah Thomas again played while mourning the death of his 22-year-old sister, Chyna. Thomas scored 20 points.
By Matt Goul, cleveland.com
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• DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers: Jordan’s 18 points and 15 rebounds helped push the Clippers to a 99-91 win against Utah that pulled their series even at 1-1. L.A. jumped out to an early 12-point lead behind Jordan, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. Griffin finished with 24 points, while Paul added 21.
• Rajon Rondo, Chicago: The Bulls point guard put up 11 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds Tuesday against his old team.
• Al Horford, Boston: The central off-season acquisition for the Celtics, Horford gave them just seven points in 32 minutes on Tuesday. He hauled in 11 rebounds.
WHAT TUESDAY’S GAMES MEAN FOR THE CAVS
Sure, the Cavs might look vulnerable with their defensive play in the last month and through the first two games vs. Indiana. However, they are up 2-0. That’s better than what the rest of the East can boast.
Boston is down 2-0. No. 3 seed Toronto barely pulled even Tuesday in its series with Milwaukee.
The Raptors needed Kyle Lowry’s jumper in the final 10 seconds to clinch a 106-100 victory. Before that game, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel caught up with former Cavalier Matthew Dellavedova on his role in the series.
The Cavs are up 2-0, while Boston is down 0-2 and Toronto no longer has home-court advantage.