UPDATE (7 p.m. ET): Rajon Rondo officially has been ruled out of the Chicago Bulls’ Friday Game 6 versus the Boston Celtics.
ORIGINAL STORY: Injuries appear to be catching up to the Chicago Bulls ahead of their do-or-die Game 6 against the Boston Celtics.
“Nothing’s changed as of now,” Hoiberg told reporters during a conference call, via ESPN.com. “… Rajon, most likely, will come in and work out (Thursday night), but like we talked about (Wednesday) at (Game 5), it’s still a long shot that he’s back on the court, at least in this series.”
Rondo’s absence has been a huge blow for Chicago, which still hasn’t won a game in its first-round NBA playoff series without the veteran point guard and is one loss away from becoming just the sixth team in league history to blow a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven, first-round series. Rondo was spotted on the court working with teammates before Game 5, however, and has a history of playing through injuries.
But even if Rondo can make a miraculous comeback, he’s not the Bulls’ only injury concern, as Hoiberg confirmed star forward Jimmy Butler has been battling a sore left knee.
“He’s got some soreness, there’s no denying that,” Hoiberg said, via ESPN.com. “Jimmy’s a warrior, he’s fighting through it. He’s going to continue to do so, he’s going to get treatment around the clock.”
Butler’s ailing knee appeared to limit him Wednesday night in Chicago’s Game 5 loss, during which he scored just 14 points and missed both shots he took in the fourth quarter.
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