Midseason boosts. The overall numbers from Kyle Korver and Deron Williams, the two veterans Cleveland brought in during the season, have not been too gaudy, but each has filled his role admirably to this points. Williams is giving the Cavs 16.0 minutes per game in the playoffs and has made nine of the 15 3-pointers he has attempted — at 60.0 percent, he’s been the team’s most accurate shooter in the postseason (discounting Derrick Williams, who made the one 3-pointer he attempted).
Korver has been even better, and was critical to the Cavs keeping up with the Raptors in the two games in Toronto. On Sunday in the sweep game, he had 18 points and five rebounds, making four of six from the 3-point line. In Game 3, he scored 14 points, also making four of his six 3-point attempts. He has been a combined plus-29 in Cleveland’s four playoff road games.
Former Celtics guard Rajon Rondo was vital in Tuesday’s victory for the Bulls. The 31-year-old Rondo was just one rebound shy of a triple-double with 11 points and nine rebounds to go with 14 assists.
The Celtics were delivered a gut punch even before the series began when the sister of All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas died Saturday in a single-car accident. Thomas still scored 33 points in Sunday’s 106-102 Game 1 loss, but was visibly emotional on the bench.
The 28-year-old Celtics point guard scored a team-high 20 points on Tuesday, but the Celtics could not overcome the hot shooting of the Bulls. Chicago was 51 percent from the floor as Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade both scored 22 points.