Rondo has played a major role in the Chicago Bulls' improbable 2-0 series lead over the Eastern Conference's top-seeded Boston Celtics.
The Bulls lead the series 2-0. Then Boston players better start showing up, or they better get used to Rondo yelling "They gave up!" like he was throughout Game 2 on Tuesday.
The Bulls lead the series 2-0. "I thought we did a better job, at times, last night of getting to the ball and getting them off the glass". In 40 minutes of action, he handed out 14 assists, dropped 11 points, swiped five steals and finished just one rebound shy of a triple-double.
Wade and Rondo also shed some light on why the Bulls played so inconsistently throughout the regular season.
Butler is averaging 26 points through the first two games.
Jae Crowder continues to struggle and Isaiah Thomas seems - very understandably so - carrying the weight of the entire team on his shoulders, while his mind is clearly burdened with the loss of his 22-year-old sister last weekend in a tragic vehicle accident 3,000 miles away.
Game 3 is Thursday night in Milwaukee.
Lowry, who scored just four points in the Raptor's series-opening defeat, added 22 points and delivered a clinching jump shot over Bucks rookie Malcolm Brogdon. It's hard to say whether Milwaukee can take out the more experienced Raptors in the first round, but National Basketball Association coaches and general managers have already found out the Bucks' slogan "Fear the Deer" is no joke. He's a competitor, he's a fighter.
Utah closed within three points early in the third on a basket by Derrick Favors, who started in place of injured Rudy Gobert.
Toronto led by one going into the fourth quarter, when the scored 11 straight points to stretch the lead to 12.
Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 20 points and six rebounds.
No, the Celtics chose to be content with having two of Brooklyn's upcoming first-round picks - including a guaranteed top-four pick in this year's draft - as well as picks from the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers in 2019, a combined total of five first-rounders over the next three seasons along with plenty of cap space to chase more help this summer.
"It's a great arena", Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of the Jazz's Salt Lake City home court. The fans are terrific there. You're going to face a lot of adversity. Maybe it took the turbulence of the 82 game rollercoaster ride for Wade and Butler to understand their best chance to win with the current roster is to let Rondo have the ball and make the right reads.
"Sometimes that becomes a sign that guys are pressing, and feeling that things can not go our way", Stevens said. You've got to block out sooner than that.