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Hoiberg, who had complained about Isaiah Thomas carrying the ball following Game 4, responded with a terse "no" when asked if he saw the C's guard carry the ball last night.

"You expect him to do what he does defensively, but we gave up 24 points to him tonight". The Boston Celtics are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line.

As he did in Game 5, Isaiah Canaan will start in Rondo's place at point guard in Game 6, Hoiberg said.

Al Horford also contributed big by having 21 points, seven rebounds and nine assists.

The hot water was out in the visiting locker room showers, where the Chicago Bulls tried to wash away the stink of three consecutive losses to the Boston Celtics after being up 2-0 in the first-round playoff series.

Making matters worse was a question he received in the post-game press conference that made him storm off the podium. "It just shows - we used to say back then (when Rondo played for the Celtics), 'You always want to play with your dogs, ' people that are gonna play hard no matter what". The Spurs were 18 of 20 through three quarters.

The Chicago Bulls drop game five after playing really tough but losing it down the stretch of the fourth quarter to the Celtics. Those days are gone and the Bulls now find themselves down 3-2 in their Eastern Conference First Round series. "But like we talked about (Wednesday), it's still a longshot that he's back on the court, at least in this series".

The Bulls lost their cool late, with Dwyane Wade picking up a T as well. The Celtics have been inspired to play for Thomas, who is admittedly emotionally exhausted, and I suspect this will only intensify his teammates' desire to win for him. "That's what it's all about, competing against the best players". After being relatively silent in the first four games of the series, the Celtics' reserve big man was all over the court Wednesday night.

The Celtics know they can win in Chicago, as they've done it twice in this series already. We treated this game as if it was Game 7.

Thomas took exception with the suggestion, saying it was the way he'd dribbled his entire career and was no different than the style of other All-Stars such as LeBron James and Rondo.

When asked about Isaiah Thomas' ball handling in Game 5, Hoiberg had a much different take.

"No", he said, before walking out.

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