"When we would play Boston back in the day, Rondo knew all the plays", Bulls teammate Dwyane Wade said after Rondo finished one rebound shy of a triple-double in Game 2.
The Chicago Bulls announced on their website that guard Rajon Rondo suffered a broken thumb in Game 2 and will be out indefinitely. Boston has a 1-12 best-of-seven series record all-time when trailing 2-0, with its only such series win coming against the Lakers in the 1969 NBA Finals (won the series in seven games).
The Bulls hold a 2-0 lead over the top-seeded Celtics and have put Boston on the ropes by sweeping the first two games on the road. These little bursts of output from the supporting cast have been missing during the regular season run, due to random playing time, inconsistent rotations, and miserable coaching. Only Butler logged more minutes. Without him? Well, we'll have to find out on Friday night, but Isaiah Thomas is surely excited about the matchup.
There's no denying it, the Boston Celtics are off to the worst playoff start by a one seed in National Basketball Association history. Plus, the Clippers are 9-1 in their last 10 games in Salt Lake City, the one loss coming last month in a game where Utah trailed most of the way.
The shooting guard averaged almost 16 points a game during Westbrook's record-setting season, but his scoring has dropped to about half that in the postseason. He still put up some solid numbers but only played in 47 games while dealing with shoulder and ankle injuries.
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Leonard also took 11 rebounds and converted all 19 of his free-throw attempts, which was four more than Memphis took as a team. Maybe they'll collect enough money to pay the eventual fine for Fizdale. "But I'm not gonna let them treat us that way".
Oladipo has really struggled from the floor in the first two games, hitting just 5 of 26 shots. "We're not playing with the poise we need to play with, and (the Bulls are) playing very well and getting good performances out of everybody".
"I think he's feeling better", Stevens said.
He mentioned in the postgame interview that as a team player, one must continue to be positive and play hard to have a better outcome. 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. They have serviceable back-ups and they are still going to be out-rebounding the Celtics.
With Rondo healthy, I'd give Chicago a 65-70 percent chance to win the series. He still proved a reliable figure for a Clippers team that dealt with a number of injuries as Felton played in 80 games for the second consecutive season. "We're going to miss '[Rondo], the pace that he sets for this team, the leadership that he brings", Butler said.
"We want to be able to spread them on offense and shoot the ball", Stevens said.