Rajon Rondo absence significant; Bulls must be willing to adjust to advance

The Celtics led by 18 after hitting 7 of 11 3-pointers in the first quarter and were up 37-17 early in the second before the Bulls jumped back into it. Rondo remains out for the next couple of weeks with a fractured thumb.

During the first two games of Chicago's series against the Boston Celtics, Bulls PG Rajon Rondo was playing spectacularly.

Upon investigation from the National Basketball Association, it issued Rondo a stiff fine and the increasingly contentious series will take another turn Sunday evening in Game 4.

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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.

His teammates fed off his effort and then did enough to get within a game of the Bulls.

"We'll see and make that decision before the game on Sunday, " said Hoiberg, committing to nothing. Had someone suggested in January that Rondo would mean so much to the Bulls in the playoffs, that person would have been asked not to drive home.

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They had the crowd rocking in the closing minute of the half.

"It's hard to maintain a lead in this league", Stevens said. I always do that throughout the game. The Bulls said he won't need surgery.

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".

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The Celtics caught a series altering break with the news of Rajon Rondo's right thumb fracture in the wake of a devastating loss in Game 2. I stretch my leg out throughout the game... "I always do that throughout the game, I guess he was so deep in our bench, it looked like what may have happened, happened".

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