Rajon Rondo was a one-man wrecking crew in Game 2 against the Celtics, slicing up his old team to help the Bulls take an improbable 2-0 series lead.
Rondo finished Tuesday night's game with 11 points, nine rebounds and 14 assists in 40 minutes. He finished with a team-best +24 and added five steals that led to nine Bulls points.
It was a masterful performance from "Playoff Rondo," who has now averaged 14.4 points and 9.1 assists in 96 career postseason games.
Rondo's teammates were complimentary of the point guard who at one point during the year was entirely out of the rotation.
"He is the key of these first two wins," Nikola Mirotic said. "He's the guy who sets the tone."
"Rondo's been huge for us, offense and defense," Robin Lopez added. "He's been getting us into our sets, he's been talking, quarterbacking that defense. I can't elaborate how much that's helping us."
A pregame meeting he had with Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade also contributed to the success that has the Bulls two games away from making history.
Relive Rondo's epic Game 2 performance in the video above.
Don't expect to see Michael Carter-Williams in the fold for the Bulls guard spots next season.
The organization is reportedly declining the qualifying option for the young guard, according to John Paxson on David Kaplan's radio show:
Carter-Williams, 25, was acquired in a trade with the Bucks last October in a move that sent Tony Snell to Milwaukee. Snell — the Bulls' first round pick (20th overall) in 2013 — turned in a career year with the Bucks, averaging 8.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while making 80 starts.
Meanwhile, Carter-Williams appeared in only 45 games (19 starts) for the Bulls, suffering through the worst season of his professional career. He was drafted 11th overall in the same year the Bulls took Snell and Carter-Williams burst onto the scene with 16.7 points, 6.3 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game in his rookie season with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Carter-Williams was then traded to the Bucks in February 2015. He shot only 36.6 percent from the field in 2016-17 while averaging 18.8 minutes per game.
The Bulls are stacked at guard with Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo currently under contract plus 2016 first-round pick Denzel Valentine, Jerian Grant (acquired in the Derrick Rose trade), Cameron Payne (acquired in the Taj Gibson deal), Isaiah Canaan and then Kris Dunn and Zack LaVine (who were both acquired in the Jimmy Butler blockbuster last week).
The Chicago Bulls will introduce Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen today, and you can watch on CSN or live stream at CSNChicago.com/watchlive.
Tune in as coverage starts at 11 a.m. with players set to take the podium.
The trio was acquired in the Bulls' trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. LaVine is rehabbing from a torn ACL, which cut his strong campaign short last season. Dunn is coming into his second season and was a player Gar/Pax thought highly of in last year's draft. Markkanen is a stretch-four that was drafted out of Arizona with the No. 7 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Read more about the new Bulls in Mark Strotman's scouting report.