Gerald Green’s 18 points pushes Celtics passed Bulls in Game 4
Gerald Green was the story of the evening receiving his second consecutive start in the playoffs as the Celtics downed the Bulls Sunday night for their second consecutive win tying the series 2-2. He exploded in the first half with 16 points and 5 rebounds looking unguardable on every possession. He also tallied 4 made shots from beyond the arc leading all players in three’s.
Isaiah Thomas also played incredible with 33 points and 7 assists. Same went for Horford’s 15 points and 12 rebounds. Behind the scenes was Marcus Smart with only 5 points and 6 assists, but also with a huge 9 rebounds and 5 blocks on the night. You can’t measure heart and I think Kevin Garnett’s message to the Celtics hit home with Marcus Smart as he played like a dog in the last two games for the Celtics helping lead them to victories.
If you asked Bulls fans in mid-February what they wanted to do with Rajon Rondo they would have told you they wanted him gone because he disrupts the team chemistry. If you asked them now they would complain that the only reason the Celtics have won the last 2 games was because Rondo broke his thumb. Rondo was a huge loss for the Bulls as he was averaging 11.5 points, 10 assists, and 8.5 rebounds in the first 2 games against the Celtics. There’s no question the last two games might have looked different if Rondo played, but all one can do is speculate.
It’s interesting to see how rookies in this matchup have not had any chances to showcase their abilities. Jaylen Brown of the Celtics didn’t record a minute in Sundays victory and only recorded one minute in Game 3’s victory. Same goes for Denzel Valentine of the Bulls. He didn’t get in during Sunday’s loss, recorded 4 minutes in Game 3, didn’t record a minute in Game 2, then once again didn’t play in Game 1. One has to question what coach Fred Hoiberg is thinking by benching Valentine who averaged 17.1 minutes per game in the regular season and who can shoot the lights out. The Bulls are also waiting for someone to step up and fill the void of Rajon Rondo, so why not Valentine?
Game 5 will have the Celts heading back to Beantown where they will once again protect the TD Garden. The home team is yet to win a game in this series, but the way the Celtics have turned around their play puts them as the favor for Game 5. Wednesday night is sure to bring some excitement and will have all of the NBA on their toes as the Celtics try to prove they are deserving of the #1 seed they stole from the Cavaliers late in the season.