Rondo took steps Tuesday night to return from a fractured right thumb and attempt to play in Game 5 of the Bulls’ first-round series against the Boston Celtics, league sources told The Vertical. Around Rondo and the Bulls, there’s belief that the four-time All-Star has a chance to return but a final determination has not been made, league sources said.
Rondo received a two-week timetable to return from doctors last Friday, but one source described his desire to play as “guts and determination.” He replaced his cast with a thumb splint on Monday and shot jumpers and dribbled with both hands Tuesday.
Marc Stein: Sources say Rondo wants to play “bad” in Wednesday’s pivotal Game 5 but he may opt to wait until Game 6 depending on tomorrow’s evaluations.
Shams Charania: Vertical Sources: Chicago’s Rajon Rondo preparing to attempt to play in Game 5 against Boston. Final decision TBD, but there’s chance.