Celtics squander home court advantage, fall to Bulls in opener

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Round Mound be damned, because Chicago wasn't interested in Chuck's narrative. Despite teammate Brandon Jennings' Players' Tribune essay making the case for Wall as MVP, Washington's four-time All-Star broke it down as Russell Westbrook vs. James Harden, with Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, Isaiah Thomas and himself in the next tier.

Eastern Conference top seeds were not as fortunate, losing 106-102 to the Bulls in their first-round opener.

The Celtics held a pregame moment of silence for Thomas' sister, part of an emotional pregame introduction for him.

Wizards 114, Hawks 107: John Wall scored a playoff career-high 32 points and Markieff Morris added 21 in his National Basketball Association playoff debut as the Wizards beat Atlanta in Game 1 of their first-round series.

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Boston is the clear favorite in this game, as the Celtics are getting odds of -7.5 points against the Bulls. While Portland was missing 10 of its 11 shots, two of which were blocked by Green, and committing four turnovers in a almost 4 1/2-minute stretch, Clark hit a 3-pointer, a follow shot and two free throws.

Against the Raptors he took 20 3-pointers, including going four of six in a 38-point Game 3 performance in Miami.

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So without further delay, here are a few trends to keep a close eye on in what will be an interesting series between the Bulls and Celtics. He rebounded the ball so well and he had plenty of second chance points. Now they're hoping one of their biggest tormenters in that series, offseason pickup Al Horford, will be the piece needed to trigger a deep run. As a result, Chicago finished the half with a 48-46 lead over Boston. Chicago started with Nikola Mirotic at power forward. Still, Thomas appeared to be a little emotional at the start of the game, badly missing his first free throw short off the front rim.

Kelly Olynyk missed a three of his own as time expired, and both teams entered the final quarter of play tied 74-74. I really am. Everything I do. The Bulls controlled inside throughout the game and forced the Celtics into shooting from the outside, where the shots stopped falling in the fourth quarter.

"Let me tell you something, Ernie".

And off the bench, Portis had a Taj Gibson-like game - a thorn in the Celtics' side who the Bulls traded away - with a near double-double of 19 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Brad Stevens does a great job coaching this squad. The Bulls didn't even play particularly well for extended stretches of the game (mainly the first and third quarters) but still found a way to manufacture a win. He has had problems being a consistent scorer for the Bulls and that showed tonight.

They're running the Boston Marathon on Monday. He will have support because the Globe's Adam Himmelsbach reported that some members of his "inner circle" were heading to Boston to be with him ahead of Sunday's 6:30 p.m. EDT game.

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