With that being said, they will be playing as desperately as possible to tie this series up at three wins apiece and send it back to Boston for Game 7.
If you were thinking Jimmy Butler looked off on Wednesday night, you'd be correct. Veteran Dwyane Wade reported to the team that there wasn't any hot water in their showers after the game, meaning that they would have to take cold showers and/or wait until they got back to their hotel to get a hot shower. "No matter what we go through, we would overcome it, and I think it's this group of guys, our coaching staff - we believe". Before the Bulls listed him as out, Celtics guard Avery Bradley wouldn't rule out the possibility of his former teammate coming back, broken right thumb and all. But since he was in attack mode, Thomas got to the free throw line 11 times, which opened up his mid-range game because the Bulls had to sag off on him so that he wouldn't continue to blow by everyone. Schroder scored a game-high 29 points and had 11 assists.
But Wade and Robin Lopez were called for technical fouls 32 seconds apart with just less than five minutes left, helping the Celtics to a 20-5 run that turned an 84-84 game into a 15-point Boston lead.
The Bulls cut it to nine before Horford got loose for a dunk, Wade missed a 3-pointer and then Horford fed Jae Crowder for a layup that made it 108-95 with 99 seconds to play. "I'll try to do the same thing in Game 6".
Bradley shot 11-for-19 from the field on a night when the Celtics shot 43.2% as a team and Thomas missed nine of his ten three-point attempts. A victory Friday night would be the first time the franchise with 17 National Basketball Association titles has advanced past the first round since 2012.
Bulls: Before winning the first two games of the series, Chicago had only won one playoff game in Boston ever - Game 1 of the 2009 first round.
Butler's 30-foot buzzer-beater to end the third quarter seemed to indicate a harbinger of things to come, giving the Bulls an 81-79 lead.
The Bulls erased 20-point deficits in Games 3 and 4 before Boston surged ahead to capture victories. After being relatively silent in the first four games of the series, the Celtics' reserve big man was all over the court Wednesday night.
Rondo broke his thumb in Chicago's Game 2 win in Boston last week, and though doctors said it would take two weeks to heal, there was speculation that he would suit up at some point again in the first round (dapper suits on the bench not included).
Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed Rondo will not play in game six against the Celtics on Friday as he battles a hand injury. A media member hits him with a question about whether or not IT carried the ball in Game 5.
"No", he said, before walking out.