Who is most to blame for the Celtics’ home loss to the Bulls in Game 1 of their playoff series?
Is Danny Ainge to blame?:
The Celtics are all about Thomas. The 5-foot-9 guard has to do everything, and he has been spectacular doing it, but nobody wins an NBA title with just one star, especially a point guard. Did they not see the Bulls with Rose? Yeah, the Bulls are all about Butler, but that’s why they’re an eighth seed that should’ve been in the lottery. That’s where teams with one star surface. Even with that fact established, however, the Bulls ended up with more options than the higher-seeded Celtics. Look at this, for example: Dwyane Wade, who can’t jump anymore, and four guys who had no playoff credibility went on a 10-0 run to give the Bulls a lead against the Celtics bench in the second quarter. That’s what happens when the Celtics take Thomas is off the floor. It’s stunning to think the Celtics watched this all season – bad rebounding, vulnerability to second-chance points, lack of a second weapon if Thomas doesn’t have the ball — and decided they didn’t need Butler at the trade deadline to make both their starting lineup and bench better.
Cowherd thinks so:
The Celtics should've traded for Jimmy Butler pic.twitter.com/lwZcmfQ3wW
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) April 17, 2017
Danny Ainge realizing he should've traded for Jimmy Buckets at the deadline pic.twitter.com/xLPLu6eegg
— Stephen Favetti (@stephenfavetti) April 17, 2017
Danny Ainge after this game: "But we just couldn't part with Terry Rozier!"
— shamus (@shamus_clancy) April 17, 2017
Danny Ainge getting killed by the guy he didn't trade for. Excellent.
— Jordan Ramirez (@JRAM_91) April 17, 2017
Good evening, the Celtics could have had Jimmy Butler but Danny Ainge did not want to trade Jae Crowder, who was 4-12 shooting today.
— Not My President (@KingFavre) April 17, 2017
— Bert Ferkins (@bertferkins) April 17, 2017
Boston has 10 guys who can't get their own shot or stop Bobby Portis, but the important thing is Danny Ainge didn't trade any of them.
— Mike (@85mf) April 17, 2017
Jimmy Butler really was excellent:
Jimmy Butler had a great game as the Bulls beat the Celtics in Game 1:
1 block pic.twitter.com/BZJ5a5H9by
— NBA SKITS (@NBA_Skits) April 17, 2017
— NBA (@NBA) April 17, 2017
Jimmy Butler:15 points in the 4th quarter; this is the most he's ever scored in a single quarter in the playoffs
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 17, 2017
Jimmy Butler's performance in the second half, on both ends of the floor, has been incredible.
— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) April 17, 2017
I have been watching film all morning and I have come to An Important Conclusion.
Jimmy Butler is a problem.
More on this as it develops.
— Tom Westerholm (@Tom_NBA) April 17, 2017
Jimmy Butler was -3 and his team still won on the strength of him going bonkers in the 4th. It's basketball, not a spreadsheet.
— James To Tha Hizzo (@SnottieDrippen) April 17, 2017
Chicago Bulls Jimmy Butler has been shooting 65.4% from 3 making 1.7 3s a game since March 26. That's not just good, that's elite shooting. pic.twitter.com/Z13TQ7VlIN
— Chicago Bulls Rumors (@chicagobullsbot) April 17, 2017
Could it be due to the lack of inside presence?
Stop me if you have heard this before: The Celtics are not a good rebounding team. It’s been evident since the first game of the regular season that cleaning up the defensive glass would be an issue for the C’s, but the Green ended up saving their least inspiring rebounding performance of the year for Sunday night. In Boston’s 106-102 Game 1 loss to the Chicago Bulls, the visitors managed to grab 20 offensive rebounds, leading to 23 second chance points. Starting center Robin Lopez led the way with eight offensive boards for Chicago, as seven of the nine active players in Fred Hoiberg’s rotation managed to grab at least one offensive rebound in the win. … When all was said and done, the Celtics managed to grab a defensive rebound on just 54.5 percent of Chicago’s missed shot attempts, the worst percentage of the year in 83 games on the defensive glass.
Coach Brad Stevens:
“They’ve been great against us all year,” Brad Stevens said after the loss about the Bulls’ effort on the glass. “I think you look out there at their size, so you’ve got to hit them early and don’t let them get into the paint on their cuts, when they’re cutting to the basket to get a rebound. Your contact has to be – you have to make hard initial contact on block-outs; you can’t just turn and look or get pushed under, because they’re going to get the ball. They’re bigger than we are. So we have to hit first. And so I’ll go back and look at it, chart it all, but that’ll be a big deal moving forward.”
Same old story tonight, not enough scoring without IT and no rebounding at all
— Hardwood Houdini (@HoudiniCeltics) April 17, 2017
I don't see how the Celtics make the ECF. No rebounding and no offense when IT sits.
— Conrad Kaczmarek (@ConradKaz) April 16, 2017
— NBA Rundown (@NBA_rundown) April 17, 2017
Al Horford on the rebounding: "We have to figure it out."
— Brian Robb (@CelticsHub) April 17, 2017
What do you think? Who is most to blame for the Celtics’ home loss?