Bulls' Rondo out 'indefinitely' with thumb injury
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 22, 2017,
Apr 22, 2017, 23:08
Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson (90) blocks a shot by Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the first quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
The Bulls announced Friday that Rondo suffered a thumb injury and will be out indefinitely until further notice. Specifically, in Game 2, Rondo finished with 11 points, 14 assists (a team playoff record), nine rebounds and five steals.
Ahead of Friday's Game 3 tip-off in Chicago, Brady, who led the Patriots to a historic comeback victory in Super Bowl LI, offered some veteran advice.
The Bulls, 41-41 in the regular season, are attempting to become the sixth No. 8 seeds to upset a No. 1 in the first round - and the first since the Philadelphia 76ers upset Chicago in the 2012 play-offs.
Then, they lost to the Boston Celtics.
On their previous first game against Chicago, the Celtics have given up a total of twenty offensive rebounds, which resulted for the team to rethink about how they should be better on the glass for Game 2. We just needed to play for one another, and play for the moment which is at hand being in the playoffs and have fun with it.
"He's a confident kid and that rubs off on all the other guys", coach Fred Hoiberg said.
The Boston Celtics gathered Thursday afternoon at the United Center for an off-day practice without All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas.
Rondo clearly took exception to this and appeared to dangle a leg out in an apparent attempt to trip Crowder which had social media in a frenzy as you'd expect.
I don't know if the Celtics will do all of that, but I also don't think they should be underdogs to the Bulls.
Rondo has been magnificent both as the floor general and voice of the Bulls' huddle in the first two games.
Thomas' comments, released in a team statement Wednesday, are his first public ones since 22-year-old Chyna Thomas died in a crash early Saturday outside of Tacoma, Washington.
No matter which guard sees more responsibility, the best solution could be to distribute more point guard duties to Butler and Wade, rather than lean on the team's bench.