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Bulls' Rajon Rondo Has Thumb Fracture, Is Out Indefinitely

21 April 2017

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.

Game 3 between the Cavs-Pacers, Raptors-Bucks and Spurs-Grizzlies will take place Thursday night.

For a few days, including the January 27 home loss to the Heat that dropped them to 23-25, the Bulls overtook the Knicks as the league leader in dysfunction.

Did you expect the eighth-seeded Bulls to be leading the top-seeded Celtics in their first-round playoff series?

Now up 2-0 against the No. 1 Boston Celtics, the Bulls are only the second 8-seed ever to win the first two games of a playoff series.

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"(The Bulls) came in and took (it), and we have to do the same thing", said Boston's Jae Crowder.

The Bulls said Rondo's injury will not require surgery, but a source told ESPN's Chris Haynes that the injury was "pretty serious" and his possible return depends on how long the Bulls can extend their postseason run. "Everyone did it together".

The Bulls used several quick spurts to control this game, the last one a 10-0 burst to build a 19-point lead in the fourth quarter. Just as important was his defense on Celtics star Isaiah Thomas, which took some of the load off Butler. Its next shot at slowing Rondo down - and grabbing a critical win - arrives at 6 p.m. Friday night.

Game 2: Thunder at Rockets, 5 p.m. That hasn't been the case for much of the season, even in the Game 1 victory.

It is not just the Three Alphas though. Primarily known for his defensive prowess, Beverley is averaging 18 points on 14-of-22 in the first two games.

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But Rondo is proving the biggest revelation.

But with Rajon Rondo and Wade playing so well and Hoiberg going to Grant more often in relief, minutes are hard to come by in the Bulls' guard-heavy rotation. I'm sorry, it just can't. Not with Wade and his three championships, Rajon Rondo and his one ring and Butler, who arguably can be put in the top five of the league's most risky two-way players. "Before the game, Jimmy and D-Wade kept telling me to shoot and stay aggressive".

Said Rondo: "For the playoffs, for me in particular, you get a couple extra days of rest for the body". "There's a taste in your mouth when you go on one of those spurts, something you try to get back".

Rondo carries a leaguewide reputation for his preparatory film work and basketball IQ. The tempo of the game was never in question with Rondo on the court.

The eight seeded Bulls were a massive underdog against the top ranked Celtics but found a way to overcome the powerhouse.

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When looking at the Boston Celtics roster on paper, it's impossible to say that it's not good. "But that hate is that respect. And at times we played hard, but they played harder than us". He messes up your first option.