Bulls guard Rajon Rondo out indefinitely with broken thumb

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"I take my career seriously, where I am, where I want to be, and I will do the same thing this summer", Wade said.

While the Bulls stumbled into the playoffs with the last seed, the Eastern Conference playoff bracket is very a favorable for Chicago. In this series, the Bulls have a +14.6 net rating with Rondo on the floor, but are a -5.4 without him.

Second-year point guard Jerian Grant will start in Rondo's place for Game 3 on Friday night in Chicago, with Michael Carter-Williams serving as Grant's backup.

Rajon Rondo has a fractured right thumb and will be out indefinitely, the Chicago Bulls announced on Friday.

They're also emboldened by what they've overcome.

This is no fluke lead. The loss of Taj Gibson was supposed to diminish Chicago's advantage on the glass, but the Celtics have had no real answer for Lopez. Just as important was his defense on Celtics star Isaiah Thomas, which took some of the load off Butler. On Thursday, Hoiberg praised reserves Bobby Portis and Paul Zipser for their parts in Chicago's success.

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But perhaps the most encouraging sign for the Bulls is that the Three Alphas played with chemistry and consistency in Game 2.

TORONTO - Kyle Lowry shrugged off his Game 1 struggles in style, and got the Raptors back on level terms. Being without the veteran guard certainly doesn't help. We need to pick up for what he gives us. This is a great defensive team. He does so many other things for our team when he's on the floor - defending at a high level, rebounding, can make plays.

Wade created lighthearted headlines for his missed dunk in Game 1.

Rockets at Thunder, Houston leads 2-0. The Game 3 betting line is 1.5 points, via OddsShark, and the over/under is 207.

Rondo also got suspended for a game by the team earlier in the year and was in and out of the rotation.

"I think he's feeling better", Stevens said. Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Rondo has a cast and will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days. A common scene in the postgame locker room is for Rondo to loudly call to the video coordinator for an iPad filled with clips he needs to study for the next game.

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Rondo's injury could swing momentum in the Celtics' favor as they look to get the series back to Boston.

"Hated him as a competitor", Wade said.

Rondo's play in this series is a big reason why the Bulls are threatening to become the first eighth seed to sweep a top seed. We were just good enough to have a third option. "I guess we're doing this for him now".

"It shows the toughness of Rondo to fight through and battle", Hoiberg said.

And his players know they are a bit too tight at the moment. He's watching film all the time. In the first game, the Spurs rolled past the Grizzlies, winning the game by 29 points by a score of 111-82. Our job was easy.

"We're all right. We're still expecting to win", Butler said. Rondo was the driving force there - blowing up Stevens' pet sets and causing Avery Bradley to speak out about the psychological factor after Game 2. They didn't clinch a playoff spot until they beat Brooklyn in the final regular-season game.

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