Bulls' Fred Hoiberg walks out of postgame presser after Isaiah Thomas question

Camille Rivera
May 4, 2017

A cold shower at the end of a cold performance from Jimmy Butler on Wednesday night seemed nearly too fitting to be real. Boston's defense has made SF Jimmy Butler and PG Dwyane Wade earn everything they get.

"I said it earlier: We went to Chicago knowing that we were going to win those games, not hoping", Bradley said. "I was applauding him". After shooting 23 free throws in Game 4, Butler shot just one in Game 5. Shooting 11-for-11 from the free-throw line, Thomas showed the way to be the anchor of the team when the game is on the line.

"The key has been playing consistent", Celtics guard Avery Bradley said about how Boston flipped the script.

Horford had 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for Boston, which entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the East.

But Wade and Robin Lopez were called for technical fouls 32 seconds apart with just less than five minutes left, helping the Celtics to a 20-5 run that turned an 84-84 game into a 15-point Boston lead. In Game 5, Butler accepted the role of a complimentary player.

The Celtics started slowly on their home court, making just one of their first nine shots to fall behind 12-4. Now, they'll be looking for another strong start like Game 3, when the Hawks raced to a 25-point lead in the first quarter.

Washington can close out the best-of-seven series and move into the conference semifinals by winning Game 6 at Atlanta on Friday night.

Butler's 30-foot buzzer-beater to end the third quarter seemed to indicate a harbinger of things to come, giving the Bulls an 81-79 lead.

Boston fans booed Hoiberg before Wednesday's game. The Celtics only had six turnovers, leading to four Bulls points. Avery Bradley matched IT's point total, with many of his points coming in the first half as the rest of the Celtics' offense struggled. "We played quite a few stretches last night, really the majority of the game without a true point guard on the floor", Hoiberg said. The Celtics looked dead in the water in their first-round National Basketball Association playoff series against the Chicago Bulls until Rajon Rondo went out with a fractured thumb after Game 2.

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

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas hits the floor as he takes control of a loose ball. The Celtics star has played with a heavy heart after the sudden death of his sister, but he was so effective in Game 4 that Hoiberg accused him of carrying the ball.

"No", he said, before walking out.

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