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Boston Celtics claim top seed in the Eastern Conference

October 19 2017, 11:41 | Van Peters

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"Rondo's a hell of a guard and then you've got Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler and you've just got to make it hard for them, make it tough for them", Thomas said.

Gerald Green scored 18 points, 10 of them in a 25-2 fourth-quarter run that put the game away. And don't bash them if it takes them more than five games to defeat the Bulls. Spencer Hawes had 15 points in 17 minutes, and Michael Beasley also scored for Milwaukee.

"We've got a big playoff run for you guys", he said, probably not realizing how hard the final tuneup for the postseason was going to be against a Bucks team that left the resting Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Matthew Dellavedova and Tony Snell at home. "So we've got to slow him down and eliminate what he does best, and that's getting everyone involved".

- A familiar face will return to Boston on Sunday in Bulls guard Rajon Rondo, who won a title with the C's in 2008. The unified Celtics hold a huge lead in terms of cameraderie and morale over the scuffling Bulls, and they also have the East's leading closer in Thomas (9.8 points per fourth quarter).

A week ago, the Celtics were considered pretenders after losing by 23 points at home to the Cleveland Cavaliers, a game that then was considered the biggest of the Stevens era.

The Cavs played in Miami on Monday and would sew up the top spot with wins in their last two games regardless of what the Celtics do Wednesday night at home against the Milwaukee Bucks. With that record, they successfully secured the No. 1 seed of the Eastern Conference, according to ESPN.

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens argues a call during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks in Boston, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. "So, I just wanted to make sure that I let him know that I was going to try to help him as best as I could to make the game easy for him". "But that wasn't the deciding factor in any moves".

Isaiah Thomas has been phenomenal all season, finishing third in scoring with a career-high 28.9 points per game. I'm very concerned with how we go about it and aren't able to sustain 48 minutes and respect our opponents the way we need to regardless of the score. "I've never been a No. 1 seed". "Once you get in the playoffs, the seeding is going out the window".

The team giving them a run for their money are led by someone who was drafted dead last in the 2011 NBA Draft. The NBA didn't start keeping track of blocks or steals until the 1973-74 season. Robin Lopez of the Bulls has quietly returned to form this year averaging 10.4 points per game and 6.4 rebounds. Afterward, he said he was "100 percent". "I'm going to get beat at times, and I'm going to need guys to be there". "Tonight he got the opportunity and had a good game for us". It was a balanced effort for Boston, with 16 points apiece from Jae Crowder and Amir Johnson. Totals 41-91 18-26 112. Rebounds - M 43 (Payton 7), B 46 (Horford, Green 6).

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