The Chicago Bulls, facing a must-win game down 3-2 against the Boston Celtics, will be without Rajon Rondo for Game 6.
Chicago won the first two games of the series with Rondo at the helm before he injured his thumb. Since then, Boston has thoroughly controlled the series, winning the next three games by an average of 12 points per game.
Rondo was averaging 11.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 10 assists per game, and the Bulls haven’t had an answer at the point guard spot since he was sidelined. Fred Hoiberg’s move to insert Isaiah Canaan into the starting lineup has backfired. He’s dished just three assists the past two games and turned the ball over four times in Game 5.
At this point, it seems the Bulls would be better off letting Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler run point, because Canaan, Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams haven’t been able to get the job done.