April 16, 2017, 6:59 pm
Rajon Rondo could only make six of his 15 shots on Sunday but wasn’t a total bust, finishing with 12 points, seven boards, six assists, two steals and a block with just one turnover.
Rondo did that damage in 27 minutes of action. Though he didn’t play down the stretch, he often found himself in the right place at the right time to keep plays alive for the Bulls, corralling four offensive boards. That’s going to be a key part of this series, so expect a strong rebounding guard like Rondo to continue posting strong numbers off the glass. To wit, the Bulls won despite shooting worse from the floor and hitting six fewer threes than the Celtics, as the extra possessions generated by their 20 offensive boards helped give Chicago a five-shot edge in attempts and a four-shot edge in free throws. The Celtics obviously gave Rondo plenty of room to shoot in this one, and that’ll definitely continue throughout the series. Even if he continues to shoot this poorly, he looks likely to contribute enough elsewhere to maintain his fantasy value, especially in this matchup.