The No. 8 seed Chicago Bulls have a stranglehold on the No. 1 seed Boston Celtics after taking two games on the road to start the series.
The #TNTBulls are real. Ahead of the series, some thought the Celtics, viewed as a weak No. 1 seed, could have trouble with Chicago. A bizarre stat, in which the Bulls excel when playing on TNT (the network that showed the first two games of this series) started going around, but I don’t really think most were betting on that bizarre number to mean anything in an extended series against the team that came out on top in the Eastern Conference.
And yet, here we are.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) April 19, 2017
Chicago takes a 2-0 lead over Boston.
The Celtics' 14-point loss was the 4th-largest home loss by a 1-seed to an 8-seed in playoff history. pic.twitter.com/7fJ3HeWDX4
— ESPN (@espn) April 19, 2017
Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade led the way with 22-points a piece for the Bulls, while former Celtics star Rajon Rondo continued his impressive late-season run, scoring 11 points and dishing out 14 assists. He was one rebound shy of a triple-double, and notched five steals on top of it.
With the win, Chicago now has two games at home to further its upset bid. Despite shaky defense and a late-season swoon, things are really opening up for the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James’ team leads the Indiana Pacers 2-0, and the main challenger could lose to an eight-seed, and another, the Toronto Raptors, are in a real fight with the young Milwaukee Bucks. That series is currently knotted up at 1-1.
The last eight-seed to knock off a one-seed came in 2012, when the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Chicago Bulls 4-2, after Derrick Rose went down with a torn ACL. There have been five 8-1 upsets in NBA playoff history.