Kevin Garnett's bleeping message energizes Celtics for Game 3 win

Kevin Garnett's bleeping message energizes Celtics for Game 3 win

Kevin Garnett's bleeping message energizes Celtics for Game 3 win

The Bulls have dominated the top-seeded Celtics through two games in their best-of-seven first round series, largely thanks to Rajon Rondo, who played 40 minutes in Game 2 and put up 11 points, nine rebounds, 14 assists and five steals. It is going to be a huge hit for the Bulls to lose him, possibly giving up the single largest advantage that the team had on the defensive end of the court. Only few people have experienced what he has in the last few days. (There's a constant debate about how Bradley's defensive metrics don't match up with his much more positive eye test defensively, but regardless of where you fall on that debate, we're hard pressed to say anything too bad about Bradley after this Game 3 outcome.) In fact, nearly mirroring Butler's game-worst plus-minus was Bradley with a plus-22, trailing only Jae Crowder's plus-23. "But we are in this position". The veteran signal caller suffered the setback in Game 2 versus the Celtics on Tuesday.

The Bulls registered an offensive rating of 114.3 in Game 1 and followed that up with a 120.8 rating in Game 2. Whenever we're passing the ball we're told shoot it if you're open. "That's not the case". But they were too good in the regular season to be eliminated from the playoffs without any kind of a fight.

The Red Sox were down 3-0 to the Yankees in the 2004 AL Championship Series and somehow prevailed.

Game Three is in Chicago on Saturday morning as the Celtics face the possibility of not playing in front of their home fans again this season.

Thunder 115, Rockets 113 Russell Westbrook scored 32 points in a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Houston Rockets to cut their deficit to 2-1 in the first-round Western Conference playoff series. "The biggest thing I wanted to be able to do, and our guys want to be able to do, (is) spread them on offense and shoot the ball", Stevens said.

The victory now brings the Celtics one game away from tying up the series and moving on beyond the first round.

Tip off for Game 3 is at 7 p.m. ET on Friday night (April 21), giving the Bulls a short window to prepare for the Celtics.

Thomas rejoined the team after spending time with his family in Tacoma, Washington.

Butler is averaging 26 points through the first two games. There is no way this alone turns around the rebounding problems, but it keeps another body closer to the paint to try and contain Robin Lopez. The Celtics had been outrebounded 97-74 while allowing Chicago to shoot 46.7 percent.

PRESSURE IS ON: Brad Stevens. He set a franchise playoff scoring record and added 13 assists and 10 rebounds, but the Thunder lost 115-111 to Houston and are down 2-0 in the first-round playoff series.