Jimmy Butler had 14 points on 7-of-21 shooting, and the offense simply didn't click the way it had been, with Rajon Rondo out indefinitely with a broken right thumb.
Crowder jawed at the Bulls' bench after hitting a jumper and Rondo extended his leg as he walked by. "If that's the case, we might as well not show up anymore because it looks like we're going to be missing him for a while". "We went back and had a long film session yesterday, had a good session on the floor, another film opportunity today". The drawback of playing without a point guard is that it would put more of a burden on Butler defensively, as he'd likely need to guard Celtics star Isaiah Thomas more. "And our young guys will come in the next game and be better".
In Rondo's absence, starter Jerian Grant and backup Michael Carter-Williams combined for eight points, three assists and seven turnovers. While the point guard claims he was just stretching, the move looked suspicious enough to draw a fine. Mercurial Bulls starting point guard Rajon Rondo, who had been performing like gangbusters against his former team (averaging 11.5 points, 10 assists, and 8.5 rebounds in two Bulls victories), won't even have his fractured thumb reassessed until at least Game 6 on Friday. 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. Lopez, like the sportsman he is, tied Celtics small forward Jae Crowder's shoe. Rondo pleaded the latter.
He told the media, "when you tear an ACL, your leg gets stiff every once and awhile. I had to stretch it out", Rondo excused, per the Chicago Tribune.