Horford, Thomas lead Celtics over Bulls in Game 3

Washington coach Scott Brooks said before traveling to Atlanta on Friday that Mahinmi's strained left calf was re-evaluated and has improved but he "definitely won't play the next few games". "And our young guys will come in the next game and be better".

Game 4 is on Sunday in Chicago.

The Celtics led by as many as 20 in the second quarter, but were up only 44-41 at halftime.

Gerald Green will get the nod against the Bulls, he will replace Amir Johnson and join Al Horford and Jae Crowder in the front court with the usual back court duo of Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley. The move was created to give the Celtics more spacing on offense and it paid off.

That the Celtics performed well in Chacago was not a major surprise. They still have a two-game lead. This made the Bulls guard him, instead of sagging way off him when he's off the ball.

Heading into the first-round series between the Celtics and the Bulls, Rajon Rondo was, for the most part, only discussed in regards to the fact that he once played for the Celtics. They just 39 percent for the game and only 6-of-21 from behind the arc. "They won't get any sleep tonight", he said.

The eighth-seeded Bulls had stunned the Celtics in two games in Boston to seize a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. But Thomas, who also had nine assists, hit back-to-back 3-point field goals to again widen the gap and extend the lead back to double figures.

Thomas' 16 points Friday night (on 7-of-18 shooting) represented his second-lowest total of the season after his 13-point showing in Boston's regular-season finale. 14 points are fine if you're a role player. Prior to this postseason, Chicago had not scored 100 or more points in consecutive games to begin a postseason since doing so in 2009, when it scored in triple digits in each of the first two games of its First Round series versus the Celtics (which it would go on to lose in seven games). "As players, we have to be better". They chose not to show quite as aggressively on Harden as they had been.

Chris Paul scored 13 of his 34 points in the final four minutes to seal the game, after Clippers power forward Blake Griffin sprained his toe in the third quarter and did not return to the game.

But the payoff was keeping Clint Capela and Nene under wraps inside and sticking to the shooters around the arc.

The offence just wasn't moving up and down the floor in the same way it was in the opening two games and Rondo's teammates acknowledged just how hard it was without him. However, only US$3 million (AU$3.9 million) of his 2017-18 salary will be guaranteed if the Bulls release the guard before June 30.

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