Bulls' Rondo out indefinitely with fractured thumb

The 2017 National Basketball Association playoffs have begun and to many fans' surprise, the eighth-seeded Bulls have taken a commanding 2-0 lead in their series against the number one seed Boston Celtics.

The Bulls used several quick spurts to control the game, the last one the 10-0 burst that built a 19-point lead in the fourth quarter.

"Rondo obviously has been unbelievable in the two wins we had in Boston", coach Fred Hoiberg said.

The Bulls became only the second eighth seed in National Basketball Association playoff history to win the first two games of a seven-game series on the road.

On Friday the Bulls announced that he fractured right thumb in Game 2 and will be out indefinitely. "We can't change our approach just because one of our star players is out". We've got young guys that are stepping in, we've got to make sure that they're comfortable. "He has been in big moments". The reason they couldn't fight back, according to Rajon Rondo?

In game 2, Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade both scored 22 points each while four more players added double figures to the score board.

If Rondo and Wade can play well when it matters the most, and Butler continues to shine, the top-seeded Celtics will have a tough road ahead if they hope to move on to the next round.

Isaiah Thomas scored 33 points in Game 1 and 20 in Game 2. Along with Rondo and RoLo, Chicago's bench has provided quite the spark.

Having lost home-court advantage and being down 0-2 isn't the recipe for a successful seven-game series.

DWade: "That hate is that respect". He messes up your first option. "One thing I learned about this team is through adverse situations, this team sticks together". He was that good.

"I don't know what it is".

Thomas has leaned heavily on his teammates to help heal his wounds, and when he was captured feeling his painful loss on the sidelines, it was Avery Bradley who had his arm wrapped around his teammate trying to comfort him. Don't get me wrong, the East isn't great. The rest of the team heads to Chicago on Thursday.

Game 2: Hawks at Wizards, 4 p.m. Not bad at all. The Bulls team fought til the end in the first game of the series, and ended up topping Boston 106-102, taking an early 1-0 lead.

The Bulls said Rondo's injury will not require surgery, but a source told ESPN's Chris Haynes that the injury was "pretty serious" and his possible return depends on how long the Bulls can extend their postseason run.

I think the Celtics can win this game, but they are so out of sync and Chicago is playing with such determination and confidence. If they come out aggressive and energized, it will be hard to take them down in game three.

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