Are the Celtics worse than we thought or are the Bulls better?

The Chicago Bulls powered past the Boston Celtics 111-97 Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead over the Eastern Conference top seeds in their National Basketball Association playoff series, while the Toronto Raptors avoided falling into an 0-2 hole.

Celtics guard Marcus Smart was fined $25,000 for making an obscene gesture toward a fan during Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Chicago Bulls, the league announced Wednesday.

The Celtics, who lost the first two games of their playoff series against the Bulls, had an off-day Wednesday and will travel to Chicago on Thursday. "Rebounding is 95 percent effort, 5 percent technique", Butler said.

Griffin took a page out of Paul's repertoire and buried a 3-pointer from the left corner, extending the Clippers' lead to 97-88 with 1:35 to play.

"There's just stuff that we can clean up", starting center Amir Johnson said. He at a serious personnel matchup disadvantage in this series because Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler are getting support from Robin Lopez and Nikola Mirotic. Then, Butler emerged in trade conversations leading up to the trade deadline with this very Celtics team they hold a 2-0 series lead over.

Jae Crowder continues to struggle and Isaiah Thomas seems - very understandably so - carrying the weight of the entire team on his shoulders, while his mind is clearly burdened with the loss of his 22-year-old sister last weekend in a tragic auto accident 3,000 miles away.

Lowry scored just four points in Saturday's Game 1 loss, missing all six of his 3-point attempts.

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"We've obviously moved past what happened", Hoiberg said.

"(The Bulls) came in and took (it), and we have to do the same thing", said Boston's Jae Crowder. "Take it one game at a time and try to get game three".

RoLo should be a force in this series from here on out, regardless of what Brad Stevens throws at him in subsequent games.

DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points and produced the go-ahead jump shot late in the fourth quarter.

Kyle Lowry shrugged off his Game 1 struggles in style, and got the Raptors back on level terms. "I've seen him in the trenches before, and he's always bounced back". I knew there were five seconds on the shot clock and I wanted to get to my spot.

Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 20 points and six rebounds. The Jazz host Game 3 on Friday.

No, the Celtics chose to be content with having two of Brooklyn's upcoming first-round picks - including a guaranteed top-four pick in this year's draft - as well as picks from the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers in 2019, a combined total of five first-rounders over the next three seasons along with plenty of cap space to chase more help this summer. His rebounding has proven to be game-changing, his offensive contributions have been brilliant, and his defensive flexibility has been shockingly impressive.

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