Bulls lose Rondo to fractured thumb

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Rajon Rondo has a small fracture on his right thumb and is out indefinitely, the team announced this morning.

In the first two games, the Bulls' net rating when Rondo played stood at plus-14.5.

"Playoff teams that could use me right now: The Chicago Bulls for sure, I'm going to say them first because that was one of my favorite places to play", Robinson told For The Win's Nina Mandell.

As these Celtics fight through a wide range of emotions - frustration from losing the first two games and sadness as Isaiah Thomas grieves following his sister's death - Ainge is hoping his team can find a way to get back to playing the fun and inspired brand of basketball it often showcased this season.

Of particular importance was a 90-second stretch at the end of the third quarter in which the Rockets went on a 12-3 run to cut OKC's 12-point lead to three with Westbrook on the bench. "As a polished team we have to know when to take those shots and when not to". They'll look to keep that going when they host the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of their first-round series Friday night.

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"We had adversity as every team has, and that's the thing that's made us closer and stronger together", Wade said. "So to get the news we got last night obviously was very hard". Rondo's absence will force them to carry even more of the load. It's what you work for. To miss that now with him being out, most likely for the rest of the series, it does put some extra responsibility on some guys.

"It shows the toughness of Rondo to fight through and battle", Hoiberg said.

In a recent interview with Joe Crowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Dwyane Wade was asked about if he will accept or decline his $23.8 million option for next season.

"I don't know what they're doing, but I trust them", Thomas said. I feel like that's how it was last game. It's not about me. Coaches, players - we all have to understand that. It's hard to envision Payne making a positive contribution in this series, though, so don't expect him to play. This is the reason that you're here, to hoop.

Wade, who engaged in memorable playoff battles with Rondo when they played for the Heat and Celtics, knows this dynamic well.

Game 2: Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade scored 22 points apiece and Rajon Rondo almost posted a triple-double with 11 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds. John Wall looked like the MVP candidate many consider him to be, scoring 32 points and adding 14 assists.