The Chicago Bulls have, if anything. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.
And while, on paper, Chicago's roster reads to be better than a No. 8 seed that finished the regular season with 41 wins, the Celtics being the worse team through two games in this series says more about the Celtics than it does the Bulls. Here's the kicker, Rondo played more games than the three of them - combined (92 to 82).
"We definitely look forward to that", Wade said. "The pace that he sets for the team, the leadership that he brings, and the way that he plays". "One thing I learned about this team is through adverse situations, this team sticks together".
"I've been in the trenches with him before and he's always bounced back", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.
The Bulls became only the second eighth seed in National Basketball Association playoff history to win the first two games of a seven-game series on the road.
"Rondo's obviously been unbelievable in the two wins that we had in Boston", Hoiberg said.
While the Bulls stumbled into the playoffs with the last seed, the Eastern Conference playoff bracket is very a favorable for Chicago. It's what you work for. We make it tough on them, we give ourselves a chance, by rebounding the ball, by not having too many turnovers, executing on our own, knowing that they're a tough defensive team. What we can do is continue what we started to do, and that is focus on each possession, focus on each play.
"In the playoffs, you need a couple of guys to make an extra step", Ainge said. Along with Rondo and RoLo, Chicago's bench has provided quite the spark. Now I get to experience it up close and personal, I f-- love it.
"I feel like in the second half, the ball stopped moving". I'll be all right, man. Our guys were in a good frame of mind in the week leading up [to the playoffs] and we were healthy.
"I've played enough minutes to where I'll be OK". Well, just like being on the road, they have to control the tempo. "It's the playoffs. This is what you wake up for every day".
The Bulls three marquee players are taking it to the Celtics.
There's no denying it, the Boston Celtics are off to the worst playoff start by a one seed in National Basketball Association history. In the end, Chicago emerged with a 111-97 victory, thanks to strong performances from Butler and Dwyane Wade (22 points each) as well as an all-around showing from Rajon Rondo, who tied a Bulls playoff record with 14 assists to go along with 11 points and nine rebounds.
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