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Bulls' Rajon Rondo out indefinitely with thumb fracture

24 April 2017, 05:12 | Violet Powell

Associated Press

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It's also irreplaceable. Rondo's contributions went beyond the 11.5 points, 10 assists and 8.5 rebounds he averaged in both victories; no other Bulls player meant more in terms of running the offense and communicating defensively.

Rondo suffered the injury in Tuesday's commanding Game 2 win and X-rays revealed the thumb fracture.

April 18, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo (9) is guarded by Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas (4) during the third quarter in game two of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden.

The league announced the fine hours before Game 4 tipped off on Sunday.

Although it took him two games, Game 3 marked the moment when Brad Stevens finally realized that big men Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk are pretty much useless and made the deliberate transition to a small-ball game. "We know it's going to be really hard and each game is its own entity".




"Rondo's obviously been unbelievable in the two wins that we had in Boston".

Now, like the Celtics did on Friday, Chicago will enter Sunday's game looking to bounce back.

They had the crowd rocking in the closing minute of the half. I always do that throughout the game.

When later asked whether he tried to trip Crowder, Rondo - who tore his right ACL in January 2013 - said, "Nah, when you tear an ACL, your legs get stiff on you every once in a while".

Crowder jawed at the Bulls' bench after hitting a jumper and Rondo - sidelined by a broken right thumb - extended his leg as Crowder walked by. "I had to stretch it out", Rondo excused, per the Chicago Tribune. "I guess he got so deep into our bench it looked like whatever may have happened".



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