After winning the first two games, the Chicago Bulls lost the last three games against the Boston Celtics and currently on the verge of elimination in Eastern Conference playoffs. Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg admitted that the absence of Rajon Rondo greatly affected the team’s performance.
“Obviously the dynamic of our team has changed with Rajon out,” Hoiberg said. “We played quite a few stretches last night, really the majority of the game without a true point guard on the floor. But that’s just the reality of the situation we’re in right now. And it’s probably going to be that way for the rest of the series. We’re still confident at 3-2. Three series are in the same situation. Teams going home and hopefully holding serve and forcing this to a Game 7 where anything can happen.”
Rajon Rondo still out in Game 6; Isaiah Canaan as starting PG
Rajon Rondo established an impressive performance in his first playoffs as a member of the Chicago Bulls. He managed to regain his rhythm and became the point guard that the Bulls really need on their team. However, after the Bulls won in game two, Rondo suffered an injury that keeps him out for the last three games.
Before Game 5, there’s a growing optimism that Rondo could return to the court soon after reports claimed that he already removed his cast. Unfortunately, coach Fred Hoiberg announced that Rondo will not play in Game 5 but opens the possibility that he could return in either Game 6 or 7.
On Wednesday, Rondo revealed that an X-ray taken on his thumb showed that the fracture had not fully healed. Nick Friedell of ESPN recently reported that Rondo will not out for Friday night’s Game 6 against the Boston Celtics.
Jimmy Butler suffering knee soreness
Aside from Rajon Rondo, coach Fred Hoiberg revealed that Bulls star Jimmy Butler is also suffering from knee soreness. However, this will not prevent Butler from playing in the playoffs as the Bulls try to force a Game 7 on Friday night.
“He’s got some soreness, there’s no denying that,” Hoiberg said. “Jimmy’s a warrior, he’s fighting through it. He’s going to continue to do so, he’s going to get treatment around the clock. He’s done a great job of being diligent with his treatments. Jimmy did have the ball in his hands some in that fourth quarter. We did run a couple actions for him as well as using him as a facilitator. But obviously, the ball was in Dwyane’s hands a lot as well. He’ll get treatment tonight a couple times, he’ll get it again tomorrow, before and after shootaround, before the game. And hopefully, we’ll be good to go once 7 o’clock rolls around.”
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