Thomas pivotal in Celtics' victory

And this series, much like the Celtics' season, has been one filled with adversity.

INJURY UPDATE: Wizards front-court reserve Jason Smith left Game 5 with a bruised left calf and did not return.

A miss followed from Paul Millsap, who had 21 points and 11 rebounds, but after Wall's jumper was off the mark, the Hawks never managed to put the ball in the basket - including sort of fiddling around as if they didn't realize they were trailing by four. "If somebody else got it going, then we got to feed him - him being Dwyane Wade".

The Chicago Bulls drop game five after playing really tough but losing it down the stretch of the fourth quarter to the Celtics.

If the Chicago Bulls are to extend their postseason, they nearly certainly will have to do it without Rajon Rondo.

Jimmy Butler, on the other hand, had the same minus-11 point differential as his team did at the final gun.

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. That was my goal this game, and I feel like I did it, "Bradley, who was Butler's primary defender, told the Associated press".

Not long ago, the Chicago Bulls were up 2-0 over the Boston Celtics, heading into two home games.

Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas each scored 24 points to lead the Celtics in a very crucial game of the series.

According to Bulls radio play-by-play announcer Chuck Swirsky, Rondo has already been ruled out for Game 6. In Game 5, Butler accepted the role of a complimentary player. But I guess we'll take a good second half as opposed to the opposite.

Wade produced a solid stat line of 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, but it was his atrocious effort on defense that caught everyone's attention.

Elsewhere, trailing 3-2 in their series the Atlanta Hawks are listed as three-point favorites against the Washington Wizards with a 210-point total.

Boston struggled to begin the game, settling for three-point shots and missing almost every one.

"Did you see Isaiah carry the ball at all this game?" a reporter asked Hoiberg, calling back the coach's comments from earlier in the week about the Celtics star being "impossible to guard" because he gets away with travels.

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