Dwyane Wade scores 18 points in Bulls' Game 3 loss

Sidelined by a broken thumb, Rondo extended his leg as Celtics forward Crowder walked by after hitting a jumper then having words to Bulls bench during Game 3 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday (NZT).

If the Warriors had ended up losing the game, the Bulls would have started a half-hour earlier, to accommodate the game, but that won't be necessary as the Warriors ended up sweeping the Blazers.

After Isaiah Thomas lit the Chicago Bulls up for 33 points in Boston's Game 4 victory, the Celtics All-Star said his teammates have given him the energy to play through an emotionally taxing time in his life.

The Rockets lead their NBA Western Conference first round playoff series 2-1 going in to Sunday's (Monday AEST) Game 4.

Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo took jumpers before Tuesday's practice, and though he has been ruled out for Game 5 because of a fractured right thumb and wrist injury, his status for Games 6 and 7 remains open. "That goes back to giving up 30 points in the first quarter and being down 12 early". Some might say Rondo's injury is the reason for the Celtics' success recently. "I nearly felt like he was in the locker room with me again", said Avery Bradley, the only player on Boston's roster who played alongside Garnett.

Canaan's defensive pressure in the game wasn't enough to slow down the other Isaiah, however.

ABOUT THE CELTICS: Thomas scored 16 points in Game 3 - almost 13 below his season average - but handed out nine assists as others around him became more involved offensively, namely fellow guard Avery Bradley (15 points, 4-of-6 from 3-point range).

Now with the Bulls in danger, the need for Rondo increases. I've said all I'm going to say about it. But in the playoff series, especially the way it's going each game is different.

The Thunder opened the second half with a 10-2 run, but Houston closed to 77-73 at the end of the third quarter.

"Just watching him wince a little bit when the ball was coming to him makes me think it's a longshot". Losing Rondo means losing the team's best defender not named Jimmy Butler.

Expect Game 5 to be very chippy up in Boston. Regardless of what other people say, Rajon Rondo is still one of the best point guards in the National Basketball Association. We're expected to win. "We were just taking it one game at a time".

3 thoughts on the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Bulls: Let's start where it started: With another dazzling start by an unlikely starter.

Mannix added that Rondo, who is out of a cast and in a splint, will obviously be limited if he does play. Chicago is now 43-42 overall, 25-17 at home and 44-41 against the spread.

"When you're allowed to discontinue your dribble on every possession he's impossible to guard", Hoiberg said.

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