Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo has suffered a broken thumb and will be sidelined indefinitely, the team announced on Friday. However, surgery is not required to heal the injury, leaving the door open for the possibility of a return if his team advances deep enough into the postseason.
“He will return in four to eight weeks,” the Fantasy Doctor’s Dr. Selene Parekh said. “Depending on how deep the Bulls go and where the break is located, he could return in late May.”
This is a major blow to a Bulls team that has surprised the basketball world by going up 2-0 over the number #1 seeded Boston Celtics as the #8 seed. He has been a major spark in the series and has helped Robin Lopez evolve into a more consistent offensive threat.
Regardless of who replaces Rondo at point guard, the injury will open the door for Isaiah Thomas to have a huge performance in the next few games. The injury will surely energize this young Celtics team.
Jerian Grant will likely get the start at point guard and that may not be the worst thing. Grant had shown growth prior Rondo’s return from a wrist injury a few weeks ago, averaging 15 points, seven assists and four rebounds per game on 60 percent shooting from the field in three starts. However, he is just (2-12) from the field through the first two games of the playoffs.
While those starts did come against the Magic, 76ers and Nets, he should still be effective. His opposing defender, Isaiah Thomas, is known for his offense, but his 5-foot 9-inch stature does not aid him defensively. He is easily backed down inside the paint if put into the position and never guards opposing team’s top guards.
Grant should put up decent numbers, especially when Michael Carter-Williams is the alternative option. Carter-Williams has shot below 40 percent from the field in five of the past six months this season.
Grant is expected to start but the Bulls may not want to rely on its backup point guard two games up in the series. Chicago may just choose to use Dwyane Wade at point guard because of his playoff experience. It will also allow for Paul Zipser to get more time on the floor. He had 16 points on 75 percent shooting from the field in Game two.