Bulls' guard Rajon Rondo out indefinitely with broken right thumb

Despite his problems, the former Celtic regained his starting role towards the end of the year and was a huge factor in Chicago taking a 2-0 lead with back-to-back wins in Boston.

Rondo had 11 points and 14 assists in Game 2 as Chicago put the top-seeded Celtics in an 0-2 hole.

It showed in game one on Sunday. "That's where your confidence always comes from". The Celtics' lineup has been well-aware of their lapses since the Bulls took a lead but Avery Bradley said they are not going to quit in this best-of-seven game series.

It also helps that Rajon Rondo is playing like vintage Rondo, the point guard who quarterbacked the Celtics' title run in 2008. Carter-Williams played just four minutes in Game 2 and didn't see the floor at all in Game 1. "We've still expected to win".

"Tonight, our job was easy".

"We want Jerian and Cam and whoever else may play to know that it's OK to go out there and hoop, man. Play basketball". "Honestly, I think I play really good with I.T. (Isaiah Thomas)".

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.

"Just like every injury, every blow, it hurts the team in the moment, but we have to move past it", Wade said.

The Bulls, 41-41 in the regular season, are attempting to become the sixth No. 8 seed to upset a No. 1 in the first round - and the first since the Philadelphia 76ers upset Chicago in the 2012 play-offs.

But given what's at stake before the series shifts back to Boston for Game 5, the Bulls believe they can do what's needed to make the Celtics' comeback efforts even tougher. He said we looked like a team that wasn't having fun. "Now we have two of the next three (games) on our home court and we have to come in and care of business at home".

"I though Isaiah was great", said Horford, who received assists from Thomas on six of his eight field goals.

Rondo joined his teammates on the bench sporting a cast over his hand and although he didn't take to the floor, in typical Rondo fashion he still managed to grab one of the main talking points of the game.

  • Julie Sanders