Bulls guard Rajon Rondo out indefinitely with broken thumb

Bulls guard Rajon Rondo out indefinitely with broken thumb

In what is easily the biggest surprise of the NBA Playoffs so far, the eighth-seeded Chicago Bulls have a commanding 2-0 series lead on the East's top seed, the Boston Celtics.

Chicago hosts Boston for Game 4 on Sunday. Then, they put a charge in a series that was slipping from their reach.

The Boston Celtics, down 2-0 in a best-of-seven NBA Eastern Conference playoffs series, face the Chicago Bulls in Game 3 on Friday, April 21, 2017 (4/21/17) at United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

The Celtics opened up the third quarter by building up their lead to as much as 15 points and their was no turning back. "We don't want to change the way we do things, but at the same time we understand that it's a little different dynamic with our team the way it is". We looked like a team that (wasn't) soaking in the moment. "As we tell Jerian and Mike, just play basketball". Chicago turned the ball over 18 times and had only 14 assists (compared to Boston's 34) and the offensive woes - coupled with the Bulls' defensive issues - all added up to the 17-point loss. Chicago shot 51.1 percent from the field in the win and was 10-of-25 from 3-point land.

#WeMissRondo: Who would have ever said that they miss Rondo in the starting lineup? "It sounds like he's going to be out for a while". On the other hand, all of Johnson's starts in a Celtics uniform have come at power forward. Isaiah Thomas finished with 16 points after spending time with his family between games following the death of his sister in a weekend traffic accident.

Hoiberg said Rondo was injured swiping for the ball in the third quarter of Game 2. Terry Rozier added 11 points off the bench.

"Isaiah played a clip from KG before the game, and it kinda got us going a little bit". "But throughout the game, you get more comfortable".

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Celtics coach Brad Stevens said it was because of Green's "Shooting, length, and athleticism".

Green's presence helped space the floor at the start of both halves, and he battled through a twisted ankle to play 20 minutes.

Steven Adams had the clutch play of the game when he tipped-in a Westbrook missed three with 35 seconds left to give OKC a 113-111 lead.

It was a weird Game 3 for the Chicago Bulls from the jump. The Bulls once again dominated the glass by 52-37 but that couldn't make up for their poor shooting. Boston maintained a comfortable edge after that.

The Celtics' lead was down to 44-43 early in the third when Thomas hit Horford for an alley-oop dunk and nailed back-to-back 3-pointers. Boston's bench players responded with quality minutes, particularly in the second half, while Thomas got an extended rest spanning into the fourth quarter. Thomas, who departed the locker room before reporters entered after Games 1 and 2, was smiling and talking with teammates after the victory.

"We're alright, man", Butler said.

He watched from the sideline and got in on the action to some extent late in the first quarter.

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