Coach Fred Hoiberg said Friday that Rondo (thumb) is unlikely to return if the Bulls force a Game 7, K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune reports. In hindsight, while Rondo has been known for playing through serious injuries, it looks as if there was never a real chance that the point guard would return to this first-round series after breaking his thumb. Fred Hoiberg will likely continue to use Isaiah Canaan in his starting lineup after his 13-point performance in Game 6, but given that the team's back is against the wall, another change could potentially be in store.
Rondo (thumb) is officially listed as out for Friday's Game 6 against the Celtics, Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports. Coach Fred Hoiberg indicated earlier Thursday that Rondo was a long shot to play in Friday's contest, so this falls in line with his original belief. That said, Rondo is known for playing through pain, so it's still worth it to monitor his status following Friday's morning shootaround just in case he's a late addition to the active roster. Isaiah Canaan has been announced as the team's starting point guard for the second straight contest after posting 13 points, two rebounds and one steal across 36 minutes during Game 5.
Head coach Fred Hoiberg indicated Thursday that it is a 'long shot' that Rondo (thumb) plays in Friday's Game 6 against the Celtics, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports. Rondo is dealing with a thumb fracture and torn ligaments in his wrist, injuries that have forced him to miss three games of the Bulls' first-round series against Boston. Isaiah Canaan will get the start in his place but is a significant downgrade from Rondo, who was playing excellent basketball before getting injured, averaging 11.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10 assists through the first two games of the playoffs. Rondo will reportedly attempt to get a workout in Thursday night, but the chances of him participating in Game 6, and Game 7 if necessary, are slim.
Rondo (thumb) will not play during Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics, Jay King of MassLive.com reports. Though Rondo was preparing an attempt to play in Game 5, he's ultimately been ruled out after going through his own individual practice session, which seemingly didn't pan out the way that the Bulls and Rondo hoped. He also had another X-ray Tuesday night, which showed no changes. But, Rondo revealed for the first time Wednesday that he's dealing with torn ligaments in his wrist as well, which is why his hand was in a cast. That being said, the fact that he put up shots and was able to participate in an individual practice session is a reason for optimism for a Game 6 or 7 return, depending on how the series swings.
Rondo (thumb) is "preparing to attempt to play" in Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports. Coach Fred Hoiberg had stated earlier Tuesday that Rondo had been ruled out for Game 5, even after the point guard had put up some shots during Tuesday's session. However, it appears that after the veteran went through his own individual practice session during the evening, there's now growing optimism that he might be able to suit up. Rondo will likely be reevaluated again Wednesday morning before the Bulls make a final call on his status, but if he's cleared to play through his fractured thumb, Rondo could help provide a spark to an offensive attack that has cratered without him the last two games of the series. Rondo would still likely be restricted in some capacity, so Isaiah Canaan could again be in line for extensive minutes while entering the lineup as the Bulls' starting point guard.
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