NBA Playoffs 2017: Rajon Rondo expected to rejoin the Chicago Bulls in Game 6 or 7

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Rajon Rondo missed the last two games of the Eastern Conference playoffs matchup between the Chicago Bulls and the Boston Celtics after suffering a thumb injury in Game 2. The latest report revealed that Rondo was already out of cast but coach Fred Hoiberg said he won’t play in Game 5 on Wednesday.

Rajon Rondo made a huge impact in his first playoffs as a member of the Chicago Bulls. He managed to regain his rhythm and helped the Bulls beat the Celtics twice at TD Garden. Unfortunately, when he injured his thumb, the Celtics bounced back and beat them in Game 3 and 4 to tie the series. Rondo claimed he could be out for at least “couple of weeks”.

Rajon Rondo rejoining the Chicago Bulls in Game 6 or 7

Recently, there is a growing optimism in Chicago that Rondo could return to the court soon after reports spread that he already removed the cast. However, coach Fred Hoiberg announced that Rondo will still be sidelined for Game 5 and Isaiah Canaan will be their starting point guard.

“His wrist tendon has quieted down a little bit,” Hoiberg said before Monday’s practice. “So just decided to remove the cast. He’s still in a splint for his thumb.”

The Bulls are undeniably missing Rondo’s presence on the court. In the past two games, their offense has tremendously changed and gone out of pace. Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams can’t reciprocate the same performance Rondo is doing for the team.

As of now, Hoiberg is putting his trust on Canaan to run the Bulls’ offense in Game 5. Last game, Canaan made a surprising appearance, posting 13 points, three assists, two rebound, and two steals on 40 percent shooting from the field and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. Despite ruling Rondo out in their upcoming game, Hoiberg opens the possibility that Rondo could return in Game 6 or 7.

Dwyane Wade needs to be more involved in Bulls’ offense

While Rondo is still sidelined, coach Fred Hoiberg urged Dwyane Wade to be more involved in their offense. Hoiberg believes in Wade’s ability to fill the void left by Rondo. Wade revealed that he already had a conversation with Hoiberg regarding their strategy in Game 5.

“I was just talking to Coach about that,” Wade said. “Obviously with Rondo going down, the ball’s going to be a lot more in my hands. But I talked to coach about it, there were a couple opportunities where I could have been more aggressive. Some of it is on me. Sometimes when I’m running the offense, I’m doing it. I’m passive. I come off and the first screen is a pick-and-roll, I get off of it, and it doesn’t come back. So I have to figure out a way to, certain times be more aggressive than I was last game. And I’ll figure it out. I’ve been playing a long time, so I’ll leave it up to myself to figure it out.”

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