Isaiah Thomas to leave Celtics for sister's funeral after Game 6

The Celtics, who dropped the first two games of the best-of-seven series in Boston, now lead 3-2 with it shifting to Chicago for Game 6 on Friday (8 p.m.).

With a one-word response and prompt exit, Chicago Bulls Coach Fred Hoiberg became the latest to provide a must-see moment during a 2017 National Basketball Association playoffs news conference. "An unbelievable competitor. He's a warrior - everything he's going through right now, he had a helluva game tonight", Hoiberg said.

Despite the technical fouls, there was little of the tension that characterized Game 4, when Jimmy Butler and Marcus Smart got in each other's face on the court and continued the criticism in their postgame comments.

"I had a good feeling in my heart when we came here 0-2 that we would come together and give ourselves a chance to win Game 3", Crowder said.

It's not often that Bradley pays himself that kind of compliment, but the performance counts among his best.

"I'm trying to make it hard on him", Bradley said.

Jimmy Butler was outplayed by Avery Bradley.

Bulls vs. Celtics Game 6 is going to be a good one. "And that's what I tried to do tonight". In 39 minutes, he shot just one free throw. The Bulls defended him prison-style, and he still managed to score 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter. He did that once in nine seasons in Atlanta.

Now, after some speculation, it's official: Rondo will not be suiting up for Game 6 on Friday night according to Bulls officials.

Indeed, Thomas wasn't called for palming or traveling.

One game doesn't define a playoff run, but the Celtics need to get offensive contributions from everyone, not just Thomas, on a nightly bases if they want to advance deep in the Eastern Conference. "By the letter of how the rule is stated, I don't think he carries the ball". A Bulls victory would force the series back to Boston for a decisive Game 7 on Sunday. For the game, which the Chicago Bulls lost by 11, Wade was only minus-1 in his 35 minutes played. The Bulls averaged only 93.0 points in those games compared with 108.5 in the first two.

Rondo does have a history of playing through pain. You already know what Avery Bradley did, but it didn't end there. He attempted just two shots in the fourth quarter, routinely passing out of contested situations in favor of a more open teammate. Rondo is also battling a torn ligament in his right wrist, though it's the thumb fracture that's keeping him out now. "And if you get it, hold on to it". But obviously the ball was in Dwyane [Wade]'s hands a lot as well. But it's tough. It is tough. Have to continue to do the things that we had success with.