Bulls' Rondo fined for attempting to trip Celtics' Crowder

Apr 24, 2017, 05:10
Bulls' Rondo fined for attempting to trip Celtics' Crowder

"It's what you work for", Bulls head coach Hoiberg said.

Boston players, including former Rondo teammate Gerald Green, seemed nonplussed about the situation.

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

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Before the injury, the "Three Alphas" - the nickname Rondo gave Wade, Jimmy Butler and himself in training camp - were showing the Celtics what star power in the playoffs was all about. After having the privilege for many years of watching Rondo pick apart opposing defenses when it seemed to matter the most, we should have foreseen Rondo flipping the script and burning the Celtics in a crucial moment. "We're going to come back (Saturday) and look at the film to make improvements".

"When you tear an ACL, your leg gets stiff on you once in a while, " Rondo said with a straight face. "We knew we were coming here to win both games".

"At 6'1", boasting a unicorn-like 6'9" wingspan, Rondo used his absurd length to become amongst the league leaders in steals, rebounds for a point guard, and assists. 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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It won't show up on the scoresheet when it's all said and done, but Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez had the best assist on Sunday during Game 4 of the Bulls-Celtics series. I also do that throughout the game. I stretched my leg out.

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 always do that throughout the game, it just - I guess he was so deep into our bench, it looked like maybe (that) may have happened".

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