The Boston Celtics may have been blessed with the magic touch by the famed Irish leprechaun. The top seed in the Eastern Conference may have gotten the break it so badly needed against the Chicago Bulls. Currently, the Celtics trail 0-2 to the number 8 seed. Bulls point guard and playoff veteran Rajon Rondo will be out indefinitely after injuring his right hand during game 2.
OFFICIAL: Rajon Rondo injured his right hand in Game 2 at Boston and is out indefinitely.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) April 21, 2017
Rajon Rondo Out Indefinitely with Fractured Thumb
For the most part, Rondo had a forgettable regular season. This season, Rondo averaged 26.7 minutes per game while appearing in 69 games. He started 42 games on a team that was bad at times and terrible at times. Rondo also received a one game suspension. He disagreed with team leaders Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler publicly on social media. Wade was inactive for at least three games. Rondo was dressed but unused by Coach Fred Hoiberg during a five game stretch.
Regular Season Sins Forgiven
To start the post season, coach Hoiberg chose to start Rondo against his old team, the Celtics. Rondo was a key component for Boston during their last title run, so there’s some backstory to this. In the two games against his former team, Rondo was magnificent. He averaged 11.5 points, 10 assists and 8.5 rebounds per game. He played 33 minutes per game. Most importantly, the Bulls won both games in Boston.
What’s Next for the Bulls
The Bulls will turn to Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams to fill in. More responsibilities now fall on the shoulders of star player Butler and veteran champion Wade. Will the Bulls show the resolve to consolidate the home-court advantage they wrestled away from the Celtics in Boston? Can Wade (who has been playing well) continue to play at a high level to provide the much needed support for Jimmy Butler? Game 3 is Friday night at 7pm on ESPN.
CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 29: Rajon Rondo (9) of Chicago Bulls handles the ball during a NBA game between Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers on October 29, 2016 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
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