Bulls' Rajon Rondo a 'long shot' to return from thumb injury

  • Bulls' Rajon Rondo a 'long shot' to return from thumb injury

Bulls' Rajon Rondo a 'long shot' to return from thumb injury

"An unbelievable competitor. He's a warrior - everything he's going through right now, he had a helluva game tonight", Hoiberg said.

"Once we were able to slow down and focus on what we needed to do as a team on every detail, we were able to play a lot better".

Celtics fans need to recognize how much Smart means to this team, his versatility on the team is unparalleled. Those days are gone and the Bulls now find themselves down 3-2 in their Eastern Conference First Round series.

Was there some contact from behind with Celtics wing Jae Crowder?

"Unfortunately we got a few technical fouls at the end". Rondo's absence absolutely helped facilitate Boston's three-game win streak, the latest a 108-97 victory in Game 5 on Wednesday night that pushed the C's one game away from completing a historic comeback. We have to have pace, even though Rajon's not out there. Hoiberg said Thursday that Rondo's status hasn't changed changed and it's still unlikely he plays in the series, although it hasn't been ruled out entirely. Despite being on the losing team, Atlanta's Dennis Schroder hit 29. Bradley Beal has also given Washington a big edge in the shooting guard matchup against Atlanta's Tim Hardaway Jr.

No, it isn't a 35-year-old Dwayne Wade, although he did turn back the clock at times in Game 5.

Thomas' final numbers of 24 points and four assists looked solid, but he struggled to get there, going 6-for-17 and 1-for-10 from deep. His status is day-to-day. Without Lopez, Chicago might not still have a shot in this series to knock off the top-seeded Celtics.

Perhaps most damning, Butler only attempted two shots in the fourth quarter, both of which he missed.

The Celtics started slowly on their home court, making just one of their first nine shots to fall behind 12-4. The Bulls defended him prison-style, and he still managed to score 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter.

Jimmy Butler was limited to 14 points, but added eight boards and six dimes. Kelly Olynyk had the biggest impact on the game however.

"I know that, and that's why I know it's a possibility that he does come back Game 6". He had a series-best 14 points and five rebounds in his 21 minutes.

Rondo suffered the thumb fracture during Game 2 and revealed before Game 5 that the reason his hand was put in a cast was because he has been dealing with the previously undisclosed ligament tear.

PRESSURE IS ON: The Bulls. Game 6 will tip off in Chicago at 8 p.m. on Friday; Game 7, if necessary, will take place Sunday.

The Bulls have used Jerian Grant, Michael Carter-Williams and Isaiah Canaan in his absence. Dwyane Wade's a hard guy to guard. "I try to be aggressive, and so far in this series it hasn't done me harm".

KEEP AN EYE ON: Joe Johnson.