Celtics Coach: If Smart made a gesture, 'it's unacceptable'

Lob City smash: Clippers beat Jazz 99-91, even series at 1-1

Stevens said Thomas, who returned home to Tacoma, Washington, to be with family following the death of his younger sister, is expected to rejoin the team late Thursday night and be ready to play in Friday's Game 3 of a first-round series against the Chicago Bulls. I don't think the Bulls will sweep the Celtics, despite their overwhelming superiority in Game Two. The truth of the matter is when Rondo, Butler and Wade are playing at their best, and [Nikola] Mirotic hits jump shots and guys off the bench can score, like [Bobby] Portis, the Celtics have a real matchup problem.

Rondo also produced five steals and three blocked shots. Rajon Rondo (11/9/14) almost posted a triple-double and also had five steals while Jimmy Butler (22/8/8) and Dwyane Wade (22/4/2) combined for 44 points. Our job was easy. He also has seen this Bulls team play very well during the regular season and follow that with head-scratching performances. But the most irritating comment Barkley made was the following: "I'm not feeling comfortable with him sitting on the sideline crying like that". Thomas, playing through the devastating loss of his sister, Chyna, in a tragic vehicle accident over the weekend, was terrific in Game 1, scoring 33 points, but scored only 20 in Game 2. But just as the Bulls would have come out with some fire if they were trailed 2-0, the Celtics will be ready.

Celtics' Isaiah Thomas, who flew to Tacoma, Washington, yesterday to attend the funeral of his younger sister, Chyna, who was killed in a vehicle crash, scored 20 points but was just six of 15 from the floor, including one of five from three-point range. After missing a 3-point attempt, Smart stepped back slowly to get on defense in transition.

Al Horford, Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley have all come up small in some capacity in this series.

Oh, and one last thing on this: before Jordan dropped 63 points on the C's in Game 2, he dropped 49 points in the Boston Garden in Game 1. The All-Star guard is dealing with unimaginable personal tragedy right now and still managing to show up on game night and get buckets. His step back jumper with 8.9 seconds remaining gave Toronto a 104-100 lead.

"It's just his competitive edge", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "Taking his mindset off the ball going in the basket, and him realizing, 'I'm not going to allow myself to be defined by that because there's too many other things I can do out there to help this team"'.

NBA Playoff Betting Preview: Warriors, Cavaliers lead way on odds
To finish with a better 3-year run in terms of overall win percentage, the Warriors need to go 16-4 or better this postseason. Los Angeles has won 18 of the past 20 meetings with Utah, according to the OddsShark NBA Database .

Thomas missed six of his 13 free-throws, had two assists and committed five turnovers.

That included a three-pointer by Brogdon that rattled in and out of the hoop.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 24 points and 15 rebounds, Khris Middleton added 20 points, Greg Monroe had 18 and Tony Snell scored 14. And obviously Chicago is a good team.

The LA Clippers and Jazz are tied 1-1 with the series shifting to Utah (7 p.m. PT on ESPN2).

Blake Griffin scored 24 points.

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