NBA playoffs 2017: Three X-Factors for Celtics vs. Bulls

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (8) Chicago Bulls

The Bulls might not be a typical No. 8 team, but they’ve also been extremely inconsistent this season. That can’t be said for the Boston Celtics, who improve year after year under Brad Stevens.

Three X-Factors

Jimmy Butler saga – Rumors have swirled since last year’s draft that the Celtics were eyeing the Bulls’ two-way star, and though nothing materialized, there was substantial chatter around this year’s trade deadline, too. The Bulls seem to be caught in limbo, deciding between dealing Butler and embracing a rebuild or building around the potential franchise cornerstone. The Celtics, with all those draft assets, will get an up close look at the three-time All-Star, who’ll be doing his best to stun the No. 1 seed.

“We’ve got to go out there and throw the first punch,” Butler told reporters. “Game 1, on the road at that, but I think we’re capable of it. I don’t think the goal here is…

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