Bulls' Rondo Fined for Attempting to Trip Celtics' Crowder

Judith QuinnApr 24, 2017

In the video below Rondo, who is sidelined for the rest of the series with a broken thumb, is the one with the jimmy legs in the unusual short-sleeved maroon suit on the Bulls bench.

"It couldn't happen at a worse time, " Rondo said of his injury. We looked like a team that (wasn't) soaking in the moment. The Bulls seemingly hit a boiling point in January, when Rondo called out Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler in a post on Instagram for their lack of leadership.

Without Rondo running the show Friday, the Bulls flopped, losing 104-87 and lacking the offensive rhythm so evident in Boston.

"You've got a guy who has been in so many playoff series, been to the Finals, won a championship - you can't replace that, " Wade said. With a cast on his right thumb, Chicago Bulls' Rajon Rondo, center, sits on the bench during Game 3 of the team's NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics in Chicago, Friday, April 21, 2017.

In regard to his excellent play, we should have known better.

In Rondo's absence, starter Jerian Grant and backup Michael Carter-Williams combined for eight points, three assists and seven turnovers. "One thing Rondo did before he went out is help us win two games on the road".

"I've said it all along this year: He's been as good a teammate and person to coach as I've ever been around, at any level, as far as my playing days and everything", coach Fred Hoiberg said.

With Rondo out indefinitely, the Bulls won't have a lot of time to make the adjustments they will need to get to within a game of closing out the Celtics. I stretched my leg out. "I guess he was so deep into our bench, it looked maybe whatever may have happened".

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