Just when it looked like Rajon Rondo was up to his old tricks and leading his team to playoff success, the enigmatic guard will now be out for the foreseeable future.
The Chicago Bulls announced on Friday that Rondo suffered a thumb fracture in the team’s Game 2 win over the Boston Celtics earlier in the week and is out indefinitely.
“Rajon Rondo injured his right hand in Game 2 at Boston on Tuesday night,” the team announced on its official website. “Rondo underwent a subsequent exam and x-rays that confirmed a thumb fracture. Surgery is not required for this injury, and he is out indefinitely.”
Despite boasting a 2-0 series lead over the top seed Celtics, this is a major blow for the surprising Bulls. After going through a drama-filled regular season that saw him hit the trade block, Rondo has been superb throughout the first two games of the playoffs. He’s averaging 11.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 10 assists per game thus far in the series.
With Rondo out of action, Michael Carter-Williams will see an uptick in playing time. It sure is a downgrade from an offensive standpoint, as Rondo has run a fine-tuned offense thus far in the playoffs.
Chicago hosts Boston Friday night with an opportunity to take a 3-0 series lead.