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Bulls lose star guard Rondo to broken right thumb

22 April 2017

National TV-Rondo, Revenge-Rondo, TNT-Rondo; call it what you want but when Rondo is dialed in he still has the talent to be one of the best players on the floor. With Rajon Rondo out indefinitely, who will coach Fred Hoiberg lean on heavily in Game 3?

Chandler Parsons, Memphis Grizzlies: After leaving in free agency after last season to sign a max deal with Memphis, Parsons spent more time recovering from injury than on the court. Yes, the Bulls took care of business in Boston in ways they didn't even think possible, according to Dwyane Wade. The good news for Rondo is that surgery is not required, but it hinders the Bulls' hopes of upsetting the top-seeded Celtics.

They're also emboldened by what they've overcome.

Westbrook said he doesn't need Oladipo to do any more than he normally does - or did during the regular season. "The pace that he sets for the team, the leadership that he brings, and the way that he plays".

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This is no fluke lead.

Isaiah Thomas is averaging 26.5 PPG, 4 APG and 5 RPG for Boston. And role players such as Bobby Portis in Game 1 and Paul Zipser in Game 2 have delivered steady, heady play. He still put up some solid numbers but only played in 47 games while dealing with shoulder and ankle injuries.

"That's the thing", Oladipo said, "when you have games like this, you go back to the basics". He's only in his first three seasons. The performance showed us the importance of having wings who can "get theirs" in the playoffs.

To understand why we must recognize that the Celtics at their core have a flawed roster, and one that has easily been exposed.

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The Celtics' 26-year old point guard/shooting guard, mentioned in the interview that his teammates' lack of energy has been obvious on Tuesday night's game.

But Rondo is proving the biggest revelation. Rondo just missed with a triple-double, finishing with 11 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds, and added five steals. They'll have to amplify their advantages in this series and the onus is on Butler to carry them into the second round.

"I just stayed in the gym and worked". "Before the game, Jimmy and D-Wade kept telling me to shoot and stay aggressive". He does what he's supposed to do to get his team involved.

Rondo carries a league-wide reputation for his preparatory film work and basketball IQ.

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Bulls lose star guard Rondo to broken right thumb