Bulls' Rajon Rondo Out Indefinitely With Broken Thumb

THE Boston Celtics wasted a 20-point lead but recovered to beat the Bulls, 104-87, in Game Three of their Eastern Conference first round playoff on Friday in Chicago (Saturday, Manila time). Rondo suffered a right thumb fracture in Game 2 that fortunately for him and the Bulls, will not require surgery.

Tonight is the first home game of the series for the Bulls, and with a shocking 2-0 lead, a win at the United Center would all but clinch the series for the underdog Bulls. Beyond the 11.5 points, 10 assists and 8.5 rebounds he averaged in the first two games, his ability to play with pace offensively, guard Isaiah Thomas defensively and communicate at both ends as the team's main floor general and film watcher are crucial to the Bulls' attack.

The Bulls have looked much improved from the team that didn't have a winning record in the regular season.

With their playoff lives hanging in the balance, the Boston Celtics are turning to Gerald Green. Game 4 is Sunday in Chicago. We've just got to play for one another and play for the moment at hand, which is the playoffs, and have fun with it. "And when your point guard, your leader is prepared, we're all prepared".

Not only are the Bulls favored for the first time this series, but they are now the betting favorite to advance to the second round. Dwyane (Wade), when he went out a couple weeks ago, we had guys step in and fill in admirably.

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The talking heads on television are all talking about a Chicago sweep in this series due to the manner in which the Bulls have outplayed Boston in the first two games.

While Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg was scrambling to adjust to point guard Rajon Rondo's sudden absence from his starting lineup, Celtics coach Brad Stevens was creating an opening by design. Always keep your guys together as long as possible so they can develop chemistry and make deep runs in the playoffs and go through things together and grow. "I guess we're doing this for him now".

The Bulls sat him for five straight games at one point, but had him start 13 of their final 16 games. "They were out there about an hour before us, preparing, getting ready". Rondo says it will be the biggest game of the season for the team.