Published: Sat, April 22, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Bulls guard Rajon Rondo out indefinitely with thumb fracture


Down 2-0 to the Bulls, the Celtics are catching a break as their playoff series shifts to Chicago.

This goes without saying, but the Bulls need Rondo. But the sentiment is unfair. They have the pieces to do it, but the door has now opened for the Celtics to get back into this series and avoid a historic upset. Niko has also been solid with guarding Al Horford, negating his pick and pop ability against the slower Lopez. The Bulls spent the entire regular season with a question mark at their point guard position. None has swept a top seed.

After scoring 15 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter of Game 1, Butler stuffed the box score with 22 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and four steals in Game 2. It's a vintage Rondo performance from a player already known for showing up big under the bright playoff lights.

"We can't change the way we're approaching things right now because one of our star players is out".

The death of Isaiah Thomas' sister has been the focus of much of the last week, and deservedly so. In Game 2, Rondo had a near triple-double with 11 points, 14 assists and 9 rebounds. You can credit the fact that he has played a majority of his minutes with Butler and Wade and that * a href="http://stats.nba.com/lineups/advanced/#!?Season=2016-17&SeasonType=Playoffs&GroupQuantity=2&sort=MIN&dir=1&CF=TEAM_ABBREVIATION*E*chi" target="_blank" *those two-man combinations have defensive ratings below 96, which is stellar.

Surgery is not necessary, according to the Bulls, but the veteran guard is unavailable certainly for Game 3. In Game 3 of the 2011 Eastern Conference semifinals against the Miami Heat, Rondo suffered a hyper-extended elbow injury that initially looked like it could have been a season-ending play when he and now-Bulls teammate Dwyane Wade were tangled up.

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"I just stayed in the gym and worked. You cant sit around feeling bad because he's gone". He can't bench him, because Thomas is the main source of offense.

In a hallway they exchanged hand-slaps, not unlike the picture Rondo posted to his Instagram account on January 26 of him with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from their shared Celtics championship season. That alleviated placing that responsibility on Butler, who plays such an important offensive role.

Did you hear that Danny Ainge?

"Before the game, Jimmy and D-Wade kept telling me to shoot and stay aggressive". Chicago is outrebounding Boston 96-74 so far in the series. I've seen too much to think this is who we are. Then Butler's name was shrouded in trade rumors.

Not making a deal wasn't only foolish, it was pure negligence. Rondo's injury stings not only because he was playing well, but because the alternatives sort of make you want to hurl if you've tweeted #SeeRed in the past week.

Pressure is on: Brad Stevens.

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