NBA playoffs 2017: Bulls' Rajon Rondo likely out for rest of series vs. Celtics

Rondo was injured in the first half of Friday's preseason loss to the Thunder and sat out Sunday's win in Chicago against his former team.

Even if the Bulls make it to Game 7, they will likely have to play without Rajon Rondo.

Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed Rondo won't play in Game 6 against the Celtics on Friday. Even if the Bulls tie the series, Rondo will probably be out for Game 7, as well.

"Nothing's changed as of now," Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters. "We had a film session in the hotel this morning. Obviously we didn't do anything on the court before we left. Rajon, most likely, will come in and work out tonight, but like we talked about [Wednesday] at the game it's still a long shot that he's back on the court, at least in this series."

Rondo sustained a broken right thumb and ligament damage in his right wrist in the Bulls' Game 2 victory. Since Rondo's injury, the Celtics have won three straight, something Hoiberg said was because there wasn't a viable point guard on the court.

"We had a real good thing going with Rajon," Hoiberg said. "Our flow was excellent. Our pace was really good, just getting the ball down the floor early and striking before the defense was set. That's something we had a lot of success with. Obviously, that part of our game has changed with Rondo out."

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Jimmy Butler is also experiencing discomfort with knee soreness, but Hoiberg said Butler is scheduled to play Friday night.

The Celtics hold a 3-2 lead in the first-round series.

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