For the second night in a row, the Boston Celtics lost to the Chicago Bulls. The C's were without Rajon Rondo, who spent the first half as the color announcer alongside the legendary Mike Gorman. It was Rondo's first time in the booth and he did quite well after a slow start.
As for the game, the Celtics managed to play hard against the Bulls for three quarters (seven-straight, including yesterday), but then they imploded in the fourth period. Chicago established a 14-point lead early in the final frame before winning the game, 94-80.
Considering the unique nature of tonight's game, we're going to turn to Twitter for the recap:
Mike & Rondo - pic.twitter.com/GCV1DwE0RC— Jay O (@MrTrpleDouble10) March 31, 2014
Classic quote from Rondo on why he normally rewatches games without announcers. "I like to critique myself in silence."— Jay King (@ByJayKing) March 31, 2014
Rondo: "I'm almost at 100 (percent)."— Ben Rohrbach (@brohrbach) April 1, 2014
While we are all caught up in the Rondo broadcast, the #Celtics are playing really well. This would be a horrific win...— Julian Edlow (@julianedlow) April 1, 2014
The Celtics are knifing the Bulls defense up with balance. Seven C's have scored at least 4 points. None have more than 8. BOS leads 41-35.— Marc D'Amico (@Marc_DAmico) April 1, 2014
In addition to loving Rondo doing analysis, Gorman is such a consummate pro, really underrated pbp guy.— Haralabos Voulgaris (@haralabob) April 1, 2014
Pressey having quite the night. Just forced a Bulls inbounds violation.— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) April 1, 2014
Should we be the least bit surprised that Rondo is showing zero emotion in his commentary tonight?— Jared Weiss (@CLNS_JaredWeiss) April 1, 2014
Do you prefer to play in a uptempo team or in half court offense? #AskRondo "Up-tempo... The shoot outs are more fun to play in."— CSNNE.com (@CSNNE) April 1, 2014
That was some Bulls like defense on that final defensive possession for the #Celtics. Fantastic switching by Sully.— Jared Weiss (@CLNS_JaredWeiss) April 1, 2014
Rajon Rondo wraps up his announcing stint with a smile on his face. Looks like he had a good time. Mike Gorman wants to do it again.— Brian Robb (@CelticsHub) April 1, 2014
With Rondo back on the bench, it was finally time to focus entirely on the game at hand.
Jeff Green hits a three four minutes into the third quarter ... for Boston's first points of the second half.— Jay King (@ByJayKing) April 1, 2014
As one reporter suggested yesterday, Jeff Green's the type of player who gets caught watching the paint dry on the picket fence.— Jay King (@ByJayKing) April 1, 2014
So how's this back-to-back home-and-home Celtics-Bulls series going? 27 Lead changes 24 ties And 0 double-digit leads. 71-70, Bulls, End 3— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) April 1, 2014
I don't care what the records are... give me Celtics vs. Bulls for seven games in the first round!— Marc D'Amico (@Marc_DAmico) April 1, 2014
Down by one to start the fourth quarter, would the Celtics collapse or compete all the way to the end like they have lately?
The Bulls are trying to shut this one down right now. Start 4th on a 9-0 run. Noah hits a jumper. Up 80-70 with 9:30 left in regulation.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) April 1, 2014
Not buying Celtics being tired on second end of back-to-back as excuse. The Bulls played last night, too. Against the Celtics.— Ben Watanabe (@BenjeeBallgame) April 1, 2014
The Bulls opened the fourth quarter on a 13-0 run to take an 84-70 lead over the Celtics.— Marc D'Amico (@Marc_DAmico) April 1, 2014
For those daring to keep track, that was a 17-2 run by the Bulls to open the fourth.— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) April 1, 2014