ESPN Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo suffered a fractured right thumb in Game 2 against the Boston Celtics and will be out indefinitely, the team said Friday. 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. The Bulls have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series against the top-seeded Celtics. Game 3 is Friday night in Chicago. Rondo is averaging 11.5 points and 10 assists in the Bulls’ two victories over the Celtics, and he was just one rebound shy in Game 2 of becoming the team’s first player since Scottie Pippen (1997) to get a postseason triple-double. He finished Game 2 with 11 points, 14 assists, nine rebounds and five steals. The 14 assists tied a Bulls playoff record.
What a bummer! “The Rajon Rondo Resurgence” or “The Rajon Rondo Resurrection” was the best storyline of these NBA playoffs. Who didn’t love seeing “Playoff Rondo”, or “National TV Rondo” come alive and lead the eighth seeded Bulls over back-to-back victories over his old team the one seed Celtics? Except, of course, crushed Celtics fans. It was Rondo’s Revenge and it was epic! This really saddens me, Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams need to step up, the Celtics are down, but they are not out.