Bulls' Rondo fined for attempting to trip Celtics' Crowder

24 April, 2017, 05:10 | Author: Lorraine Moran

When later asked whether he tried to trip Crowder, Rondo - who tore his right ACL in January 2013 - said, "Nah, when you tear an ACL, your legs get stiff on you every once in a while".

After their young point guards struggled mightily in a Game 3 loss, the Bulls will go with the same starting lineup in Game 4 against the Celtics on Sunday evening, coach Fred Hoiberg said.

And despite an ugly 17-point loss that looked familiar to the crowd of 21,293, the Bulls still can advance without Rondo.

The Boston Celtics got pep talks from a past champion as well as their current superstar.

"We're in a good position", Bulls guard Dwyane Wade said.

Despite a turbulent regular season, it was Rondo who had made all the difference in the first two games of this first round match-up with Boston. While he left more to be desired on many occasions, he always seemed to put on a show during a key primetime or playoff matchup, thriving when going up against the league's top teams.

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Jimmy Butler said he told Grant and Carter-Williams to "just get lost in the game, " but, too often, both guards just looked lost.

Rondo was averaging 11.5 points, 10 assists and 8.5 rebounds as the eighth-seeded Bulls held a 2-0 advantage over the Celtics of the first-round playoff series.

Now, like the Celtics did on Friday, Chicago will enter Sunday's game looking to bounce back.

"I think a big theme of the playoffs should be possession by possession, quarter by quarter, game by game", Bulls center Robin Lopez said. "I had to stretch it out", Rondo excused, per the Chicago Tribune.

Crowder jawed at the Bulls' bench after hitting a jumper and Rondo extended his leg as he walked by. "I guess he was so deep into our bench, it looked like maybe whatever may have happened".


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