Rajon Rondo has a strong belief that the outcome of the Chicago Bulls-Boston Celtics Eastern Conference playoffs matchup would be different if he hadn’t injured his thumb. The four-time NBA All-Star believes the Bulls can sweep the Celtics in the first round if he plays in Game 3 and 4.
After struggling earlier this season, the Bulls managed to bounce back and earned the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Rajon Rondo, who’s often criticized for his inconsistent performance, regained his rhythm and helped Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade carry the Bulls. They faced the East No. 1 Boston Celtics in the first round where they won the first two games in the enemy’s territory.
The Bulls were in a strong position to sweep the Celtics since Game 3 and 4 would be at United Center. Unfortunately, they lost Rondo in Game 2 due to a thumb injury. Rondo’s absence deeply hurt the Bulls, especially on the offensive end. The Celtics took advantage of the situation and won four straight games.
Rajon Rondo talks about his thumb injury and Bulls-Celtics series
During an appearance on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” on Monday night, Rondo talked about the Celtics-Bulls matchup and how his injury affected the series. If he didn’t suffer an injury, Rondo believes the Bulls will be the one playing against the Washington Wizards in the second round.
“Honestly, yeah,” Rondo said when asked if the Bulls would have completed the sweep. “It was very frustrating, especially the way we were clicking at the time. We had a good chemistry going and I thought we were some making great adjustments in Games 1 and 2.”
Rondo’s undeniably a huge factor in the Bulls-Celtics series. Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg admitted that the team’s dynamic changed without him on the court. Isaiah Canaan, who served as the Bulls starting point guard, failed to reciprocate the same performance Rondo was doing for the team.
Will the Chicago Bulls bring Rajon Rondo back?
With their eyes focused in the upcoming offseason, the Bulls will need to decide whether to bring Rajon Rondo back or not. His performance in the final games of the season would be enough to convince the Bulls to let him stay. Jimmy Butler also expressed his intention to play with Rondo next season and urged the Bulls to pick Rondo’s team option this summer.
“Of course,” Butler said. “He’s been huge for us this year, man.”
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