The former Real Madrid star nearly joined up with Pep Guardiola before they worked together at Bayern, only for another option to emerge at Barca.
Jimmy Butler was the best player on the floor as Chicago swiped Game 1 from Boston.
Typically, the No. 1 vs. No. 8 matchup in the playoffs is the easiest to call. It’s ostensibly a David vs. Goliath showdown, one which Goliath traditionally wins the majority of the time.
And with Boston squandering its home-court advantage for the remainder of the series, it’s fair to question whether the outcome will turn out as many envisioned for a C’s team that swiped the East’s best record from the defending champions.
No, this wasn’t your average postseason opener. Isaiah Thomas, Boston’s leading scorer (28.9 PPG), lost his younger sister in an auto accident on Saturday. The emotional toll of the last 24 hours of his life couldn’t be denied, regardless of whether he scored 33 points.
But the Bulls were able to take and hold onto a small fourth-quarter lead to thieve Game 1 from underneath Boston’s nose.
They staved off a Celtics comeback behind Jimmy Butler, who scored 23 of his 30 points in the second half. Butler poured on 15 points in a fourth quarter where Chicago kept Boston at bay and held off a couple late-game momentum changes, including an overturned out of bounds call on the second-to-last possession.
Despite Thomas’s scoring barrage, it was the Bulls’ All-Star who looked like the best player on the floor on Sunday.
But Chicago also enjoyed production from Bobby Portis, who poured in three uncharacteristic triples while scoring 19 points off the bench. Dwyane Wade still had 11 points, albeit on 4-of-12 shooting, and the Bulls put to bed any doubt that they deserve their seat at the table.
This is the same Bulls team that almost missed the playoffs.
Chicago finished the season 41-41, tied with the Miami Heat. Had they not held the tie-breaker, they could have been on the outside looking in. But the Bulls proved they belong in the playoffs now with a strong Game 1 win over the Celtics.
The last time a No. 8 seed beat a No. 1 seed in the first-round opener, it was the Atlanta Hawks beating the Indiana Pacers in 2014. The Hawks went on to lose that series, but the loss served as a stark reminder that the top seeds aren’t at all impervious to defeat.
Chicago now has its paws on this series. And if the Bulls can keep it up, they’re just a few pellets away from knocking Goliath out of the postseason early on.
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Like Titanfall 2 and Mass Effect: Andromeda before it, EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront 2 may not have a DLC Season Pass. Creative director Bernd Diemer told Mashable outright, “We don’t have a season pass,” before going on to tease that EA is working on “something different” in this area instead.
“I cannot talk about the specifics of this, but we have something different in mind that will allow you to play longer, be [more] invested in the game without having a fragmented community,” he said.
The fragmentation that Diemer is talking about relates to 2015’s Battlefront and the DLC that was released through its own Season Pass. If you don’t own the game’s extra content, it means you aren’t able to play with the game’s full community of players, which in turn can make it more challenging to find a match.
It sounds like Battlefront 2 is taking steps to avoid a similar situation. He told Mashable that it’s “dangerous” for the health of a game’s playerbase when maps and modes are only available to those who pay money for them. In this situation, “The community is falling apart because there are simply not many people playing the different modes.”
He added: “So we definitely want to avoid that. We don’t want to segment our community.”
“We decided on that, and it’s one of those difficult decisions because it has so many implications all around,” Diemer explained. “When we looked at the way Battlefront had evolved over its lifetime, with the DLC and everything, we decided, ‘You know what? For this type of game, season passes are not the best thing. We need to [take it apart] and come up with something better.”
For its part, EA said in a statement to Mashable that it is aware of the feedback from Battlefront as it relates to “live service plans,” and it will announce plans for Battlefront 2 in due time.
“While we’re not ready to confirm any live service plans just yet, what we can say is this we heard the feedback from our Battlefront community loud and clear,” the statement said. “We know they want more depth, more progression, and more content. So we’re focused on delivering that in every dimension of Star Wars Battlefront 2. We’ll have more to share about our plans soon.”
You can read the full story here at Mashable.
For more on Battlefront 2, which launches in November, check out GameSpot’s roundup of everything we know so far.