It also helps that Rajon Rondo is playing like vintage Rondo, the point guard who quarterbacked the Celtics' title run in 2008.
Hopefully, coach Brad Stevens can make the proper adjustments in Game 3 to get his team back on track. A first-round series victory over the Celtics would - if the Bulls can finish what they started.
Watching the Bulls jump out to a 2-0 series lead over the Celtics seems even more shocking given their drama-filled season.
They're emboldened by what they've overcome.
"We're not? Did a team drop out of the league?" "The credit for this team sticking together through injuries, a trade, through everything, it goes to everyone, from the coaching staff to the leaders to the young guys".
This is no fluke lead. The 35-year-old Wade is coming off a 22-point performance in which he scored 16 in the second half.
Isaiah Thomas didn't have to thank anyone. Center Robin Lopez, with 32 points and 18 rebounds in two games - including 12 offensive boards - has outplayed Al Horford, who at $28.25 million annually makes more than twice as much as Lopez. Lopez is a solid-enough rim protector down low, but many Bulls fans will testify that he frequently played poorly against stretch bigs that required attention on the perimeter throughout the season. A "Why Not Us?" mentality so to speak when faced with the question of if they feel they can compete with the Celtics. Now I get to experience it up close and personal, I f-- love it. "Everyone has had moments, we need to sustain them".
It's prudent to remember that defensive rebound rate is not the primary indicator of team success.
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Avery Bradley talked of how teammates could clearly be seen hanging their heads, and allowing dejection to settle in as the Bulls answered each Celtics run with something better.
That couldn't happen again in Game 2.
But Rondo is proving the biggest revelation. For me, I just wanted to get to my spot. "Before the game, Jimmy and DWade kept telling me to shoot the ball and stay aggressive". In Game 2, he just missed a triple-double with 11 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds.
"For the playoffs, me in particular, you get a couple of extra days rest for the body", Rondo said. They did not appear to be a threatening team. A common scene in the postgame locker room is for Rondo to loudly call to the video coordinator for an iPad filled with clips he needs to study for the next game.
There are many who consider Bill Russell the greatest National Basketball Association player of all time.
"Hated him ... hated him as a competitor, " Wade said. "But that hate is that respect".
There is still the chance for Boston to come back, but they are quickly running out of time. "He messes up your first option and then he knows the second option".
We wish all the best to Thomas and his family. After the game, Larry Bird of the Celtics said: "I didn't think anyone was capable of doing what Michael has done to us". Fred gives us a voice and Rondo gives us another voice.