Led by 33 points from Isaiah Thomas, Boston trailed for just 15 seconds in the game to even the series with a 104-95 win over the Chicago Bulls.
"Mentally and emotionally, I'm not here, so I just feed off what the guys give me", Thomas said yesterday morning (Singapore time). "They give me a lot of confidence".
Thomas' life changed just over a week ago when his younger sister Chyna was killed in a one-car crash in their home state of Washington.
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Yet here he is with a big role and a huge assignment, going against one of the league's best point guards in a high-pressure situation.
The Chicago Bulls took a 2-0 series lead over the Boston Celtics, but in line with Rajon Rondo's thumb injury they've dropped two games in a row.
In the first two games, Rondo had a combined 23 points, 20 assists, 17 rebounds, seven steals and four turnovers. In both Games 3 and 4, Boston opened the game with a 14-4 run with Green's scoring being pivotal to the fast start.
Canaan scored 13 points in 33 minutes, hitting three 3-pointers and being a +11 while on the floor, so it's easy to see why Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg wasn't going to mess around with the Grant and Carter-Williams combo that hadn't done much of anything in the friendly confines of the United Center over the weekend.
Isaiah Canaan, a fourth string point guard who has been on the court for just over 20 total minutes since the All-Star break, came off the bench to play 34 minutes and lead his team in plus-minus for the game. Yet Fred Hoiberg immediately went with Jerian Grant in Game 3 and Canaan in Game 4. "We need to come out as a team and figure out how to be better". "I thought they did a great job of sticking with their game plan, making tough shots offensively". Meanwhile, as the Celtics begin to find their stride, the Bulls' struggles set in courtesy of an unexpected setback. The Bulls went ahead 65-63 on Robin Lopez's hook shot with 4:35 left in the quarter.
But that was when Thomas sparked the offensive surge that pushed the Celtics back to a double-figure lead, and they maintained their advantage the rest of the way. An unbelievable competitor. He's a warrior - everything he's going through right now, he had a helluva game tonight.
What Wade won't get caught up in, and has been warning his teammates to stay away from, is the extracurricular activities that went on in Game 4.
"When you're allowed to discontinue your dribble on every possession, he's impossible to guard", Hoiberg stated following the game, after eloquently praising IT's level of play. He's impossible to guard when you're able to put your hand under the ball, take two or three steps, and put it back down. But I talked to coach about it, there were a couple opportunities where I could have been more aggressive. "They've been supportive. The whole world has, really, so I can't say enough about that". With the Celtics up 41-21 following Green's third 3-pointer, there appeared to be a bit of a turning point.