2017 ScheduleAll times ET

2017 Schedule
41-41, 4th in Central
Hoiberg confirms Rondo will miss Game 5 (0:16)

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Robin Lopez, on if he's ever had anybody fling his shoe during a game like Celtics swingman Jae Crowder did in Game 4: "Yeah, multiple times," Lopez said. "That's when you do when somebody has a loose shoe, you fling the shoe. That's standard NBA protocol."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Hoiberg noted before Monday's practice that the reason he didn't give Denzel Valentine any minutes in Game 4 is because he didn't trust Valentine's defense on Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas: "That's what it was about last night," Hoiberg said. "With Rajon going out, obviously he's our point guard so we need somebody who can go out there and compete and try to slow down Isaiah Thomas a little bit as well as he can, which obviously is a very difficult task. We thought Isaiah was as good option with that."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg says he has not heard from the league office in regard to his comments about Isaiah Thomas, and how he feels the Celtics guard is carrying the ball. Hoiberg was asked before Monday's practice if he thought twice about calling out Thomas' play after the emotional week the Celtics guard has been dealing with: "I'm a huge Isaiah Thomas fan," Hoiberg said. "He's as big a competitor as we have in our league. Obviously, he's as tough a guy to guard as we have in our league. I think the world of the kid, especially what he's going through now, how he's fought through that and like I said last night, he's a warrior to go out there and do what he's done so far in this series. He's again, a guy I think a lot of people root for because of the chip on his shoulder he plays with. He was the last pick in the draft and now he's a guy you'd argue could be in the MVP race. So I'm a huge fan of him. I said what I said and I'm done talking about it."


NBA Lockdown: Have Views Changed In First Round?

Jorge Sedano, Ohm Youngmisuk and Dave McMenamin discuss if their opinion of the Cavs has changed as a result of Cleveland's sweep, if the Warriors are in trouble without Steve Kerr long term, the Celtics' ability to claw back against the Bulls, the irony in Russell Westbrook's statements and more.

Bulls sounding like sore losers? (1:29)

ESPN Stats and Information  

The road team has won each of the first four games in the matchup between the Celtics and Bulls -- just the fourth time that's happened in NBA playoff history. Boston will try to get the first home win of the series when it returns to TD Garden for Game 5 on Wednesday.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the second note via Jacob Nitzberg from ESPN Stats and Info: "By comparison, the net efficiency with Jerian Grant on the floor this postseason is negative-30.0 and with Michael Carter-Williams on the floor it is a negative -13.0 this postseason."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

A couple good notes from Jacob Nitzberg of ESPN Stats and Info: "The Bulls net efficiency (net points per 100 possessions) with Rajon Rondo on the floor this postseason is a +14.5. Without him on the floor, it's a negative -9.9."

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Bulls' Hoiberg blasts refs' officiating of Thomas

Following his team's Game 4 loss to Boston on Sunday night, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg voiced his frustration over the lack of traveling calls against Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Bulls were 5-of-20 in the first quarter of Game 4, their worst shooting quarter of the series. They had 6 offensive rebounds, but turned them into only 4 4 points (the Celtics had one offensive rebound, on which they got 2 points). The Bulls also had 3 turnovers, which the Celtics turned into 7 points.

Celtics even series at 2-2 (1:52)
Thomas responds to Hoiberg's officiating comments (0:49)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas on playing while grieving the loss of his sister: "Mentally and emotionally, I'm not here so I just feed off what the guys give me. They give me a lot of confidence. I can't do it without those guys. They believe in me. Being here is what makes me, I guess, sane. It makes me feel somewhat normal through these tough times."

Horford denies Butler at the rim (0:17)
Bulls showing to be out of sorts without Rondo (1:27)
Hoiberg: Thomas 'discontinues' his dribble (0:23)

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Fred Hoiberg praised Isaiah Thomas' toughness and resilience, then complained that he gets away with carrying the ball

Isaiah gets assist with only one shoe (0:30)

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics beat Bulls 104-95 to even their series at 2-2. The ViewFromVegas is they also covered as 1.5-point road favorites and it stayed under the betting total of 204 points. Despite the fave/under result, underdogs still lead 14-13-1 ATS in the NBA playoffs with one game closing pick 'em; overs lead 16-13 (though unders are 3-0 today).

Horford gets important and-1 dunk (0:30)

Team Stats

Points Per Game102.923rd
Rebounds Per Game46.33rd
Assists Per Game22.614th
Points Allowed102.46th

Team History