RAJON Rondo bared that he could be out for ‘a couple of weeks’ due to a fractured thumb, but his injury didn’t appear to stop him from making an impact even as he sat on the sidelines in the Chicago Bulls’ Game 3 loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday (Saturday, Manila time).
The Bulls vet rued the timing of his injury, one he said he suffered in Game 2 when he went for a steal in an inbound play, just as he was playing well to give Chicago a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series with his former Boston team.
Still, he remained optimistic to get back earlier than his doctors’ prognosis .
“It couldn’t have come at a worse time. But things happen for a reason. It is what it is,” said Rondo after a 104-87 loss that cut the Bulls series lead to 2-1.
“I’m not sure how long I’ll be out. I plan on my body healing pretty quickly. The doctors told me a couple of weeks, but we’ll see how it goes,” he added.
However, Rondo set social media buzzing after apparently sticking out his leg while Celtics forward Jae Crowder passed by the Bulls bench after making a triple.
Rondo not even playing but still trying to make an impact on the bench pic.twitter.com/b9nEuShRnZ— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) April 21, 2017
The former Celtic, though, denied he was trying to trip the Boston player.
"When you tear an ACL, your legs get stiff on you every once in a while,” he said
“I stretched my leg out, I also do that throughout the game. I guess he was so deep into our bench, it looked maybe whatever may have happened," Rondo added.
Rondo is expected to get the cast on his wrist removed after a week to 10 days, before he and the team make a decision if he can get back on the court.
Chicago hosts Boston for Game 4 on Sunday.