Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo has been sidelined indefinitely after he suffered a thumb fracture during game two of their first round series with the Boston Celtics, the team announced on Friday. Chicago emerged victorious in this match-up, dismantling the top-seeded Celtics, 111-97 on Wednesday night.
Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo has a fractured thumb and is out indefinitely, the team announces. pic.twitter.com/x04Zk0y6vf
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Rondo underwent scans on the injured right thumb and it was confirmed he had suffered a fracture, and while the guard will not need surgery, a date for his return is yet to be determined.
This news will come as a bitter pill to swallow for the Bulls faithful, after their point guard had finally found some consistent form after a regular season filled with dysfunction and tension.
Rondo had been a key factor for the Bulls in this series prior to this injury, averaging 11.5 points, 10 assists, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game as Chicago jumped out to a shock 2-0 lead, with both games coming on the road.
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Head coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters that it was “still too early to tell,” when asked whether Rondo would return during the playoffs. While ESPN.com’s Chris Haynes suggested that the team are treating his injury as “pretty serious.” Rondo will be re-evaluated in seven to 10 days.
With Rondo likely out of the frame for possibly the remainder of this series, the Bulls will have to look to one of their other guards to step up and fill the large void left by the 31-year-old’s absence.
It is likely that Chicago will opt for Jerian Grant as their starting point guard in Rondo’s place, with Michael Carter-Williams receiving more minutes off the bench. Cameron Payne will also be active for game three, too. Grant has had a quiet season, averaging 5.9 points and 1.9 assists per game in the regular season, and just three points and two assists over the series thus far.
With Grant, and his fellow teammates, rightly feeling the pressure to step up, Rondo had some choice words for his replacement:
Rondo’s advice to Grant: “Lock in and get it done.”
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