Rajon Rondo is preparing to play in Wednesday's huge Game 5, according to The Vertical's 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.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 26, 2017
The point guard has missed the last two games after suffering a fractured right thumb in the second half of Game 2.
In his absence, the Bulls have struggled to find any consistency at the point and lost consecutive home games by a combined 26 points. Jerian Grant started Games 3 and 4 in Chicago, but he had a short leash. And after Michael Carter-Williams also struggled, Fred Hoiberg ultimately turned to reserve guard Isaiah Canaan.
Rondo's return to the floor could have huge implications in the series. In the two games Rondo has played, he's averaged 11.5 points and 10 assists. The Bulls won both of those contests while the Celtics struggled to defend.
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