Rajon Rondo: Bulls would have swept Celtics if he hadn’t been injured
Rajon Rondo believes the Chicago Bulls would have had no trouble dispatching the Boston Celtics in their teams’ first-round series if he hadn’t been injured.
“Honestly, yeah,” Rondo said during an appearance Monday on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” on if the Bulls would have swept the Celtics with him on the court, via the Chicago Tribune.
“It was very frustrating, especially the way we were clicking at the time,” Rondo said. “We had a good chemistry going and I thought we were some making great adjustments in Games 1 and 2.”
Rondo enjoyed solid performances as the Bulls staked themselves to a 2-0 series lead made even more impressive in that both wins came on the road at TD Garden. The Bulls point guard averaged 11.5 points, 10 assists and 8.5 rebounds in the series’ first two games before a a right thumb fracture sidelined him.
The shorthanded Bulls could not find a solution for Rondo’s absence and ultimately lost the series to the Celtics in six games, losing four straight games, all by an average of over 14 points.
It seemed at several points this past season it was only a matter of time before Rondo would be shipped out of Chicago. But the Bulls somewhat prospered as Rondo got more playing time, eking out an appearance in the postseason as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference courtesy of a 41-41 record.
Rondo has since stated he hopes to remain with the Bulls next season. And management seems inclined to keep him around as well. As it stands, the Bulls have until June 30 to decide whether or not to pick up Rondo’s option.