Rajon Rondo fined $25000 for attempted trip in Bull's Game 3 loss
- Author: Jermaine Castillo Apr 24, 2017,
Apr 24, 2017, 5:10
It's also irreplaceable. Rondo's contributions went beyond the 11.5 points, 10 assists and 8.5 rebounds he averaged in both victories; no other Bulls player meant more in terms of running the offense and communicating defensively.
Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo was fined $25,000 Sunday for attempting to trip Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder while sitting on the bench during Chicago's 104-87 loss in Game 3 of the teams' first-round National Basketball Association playoffs matchup Friday.
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"We're not going to put this all on us missing Rondo, " veteran guard Dwyane Wade said.
In a week full of pleasant surprises, the Bulls received an unwelcome one late Thursday night when they learned Rondo suffered the fracture.
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Rondo addressed the trip after the game, telling reporters: "When you tear an ACL, your legs get stiff on you every once in a while. It's what you work for", Bulls head coach Hoiberg said. 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. I stretched my leg out. But the Celtics played with an urgency and a confidence not seen in the first two games and outscored the Bulls 32-22 in the third quarter to regain control.
"I think a big theme of the playoffs should be possession by possession, quarter by quarter, game by game", Bulls center Robin Lopez said.
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The Bulls, post-All-Star break (and post-Taj Gibson trade), ranked in the back half of the league in offensive rebound percentage. A "Why Not Us?" mentality so to speak when faced with the question of if they feel they can compete with the Celtics.
In the video below Rondo, who is sidelined for the rest of the series with a broken thumb, is the one with the jimmy legs in the unusual short-sleeved maroon suit on the Bulls bench. "I always do that throughout the game, I guess he was so deep in our bench, it looked like what may have happened, happened".