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Jerian Grant    G  Bulls

 

 

Grant will start at point guard in Friday's Game 3 against the Celtics, K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune reports.

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Apr 21 - 12:20 PM

Cameron Payne    G  Bulls

 

 

Payne will be active for Friday's Game 3 tilt with the Celtics, Nick Friedell of ESPN.com reports.

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Apr 21 - 12:20 PM

Cameron Payne    G  Bulls

 

 

Cameron Payne will be active for Game 3 vs. the Celtics on Friday. The Bulls traded away important pieces (Doug McDermott and Taj Gibson) to acquire Payne at the deadline back in February, but Payne has been ineffective since arriving in Chicago. He appeared in 11 games and averaged just 4.9 points (on 33.3 percent shooting), 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 12.9 minutes for the Bulls over the final two months of the regular season. He did not play in either of the Bulls first two playoff games and will be behind Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams on the PG depth chart, but with Rajon Rondo (thumb) out, Payne may get a chance to play in Game 3.

K.C. Johnson on Twitter

Apr 21 - 11:51 AM

Rajon Rondo    G  Bulls

 

 

Coach Fred Hoiberg said that Rajon Rondo (fractured thumb) is currently in a cast and that he will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days. Rondo initially suffered the injury in the third quarter of Game 2 on Tuesday night but was able to play through it. When asked if Rondo would be able to make it back at some point this postseason, Hoiberg said it is "still too early to tell." Hoiberg also stated that Rondo has been playing through a wrist injury as well and explained that the cast would help the wrist heal by immobilizing it. Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams will soak up most of the minutes at PG, and Jimmy Butler will be asked to handle the ball more frequently.

K.C. Johnson on Twitter

Apr 21 - 11:48 AM

Jerian Grant    G  Bulls

 

 

Jerian Grant will start at point guard in place of Rajon Rondon (thumb) in Game 3 vs. Boston on Friday night. Grant started 28 games for the Bulls during the regular season. He averaged 8.0 points (on 44.4 percent shooting), 2.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 21.1 minutes over those 28 contests. Grant is worth DFS consideration on Friday due to his affordable price tag, but expectations should be held in check. Jimmy Butler will assume increased ball-handling responsibilities with Rondo sidelined. Michael Carter-Williams will backup Grant. Cameron Payne, who has yet to play in this series, will be active for Game 3 and could see a handful of minutes off the bench as well.

K.C. Johnson on Twitter

Apr 21 - 11:44 AM

Rajon Rondo    G  Bulls

 

 

Rondo has been ruled out indefinitely with a thumb fracture on his right hand, Bulls radio announcer Chuck Swirsky reports.

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Apr 21 - 11:38 AM

Rajon Rondo    G  Bulls

 

 

The Bulls announced on Friday morning that Rajon Rondo has a fractured thumb and he will be sidelined indefinitely.

Sean Highkin on Twitter

Apr 21 - 11:08 AM

Rajon Rondo    G  Bulls

 

 

The Bulls announced on Friday morning that Rajon Rondo has a fractured thumb and that he will be sidelined indefinitely. Per the Bulls press release, "Rondo injured his right hand in Game 2 at Boston on Tuesday night. Rondo underwent a subsequent exam and x-rays that confirmed a thumb fracture. Surgery is not required for this injury, and he is out indefinitely." This is a tough blow for a Bulls team that was riding a major wave of momentum. Rondo had been playing terrifically over the first two games of the series, averaging 11.5 points, 10.0 assists and 8.5 boards. Jerian Grant will likely move into the starting lineup. Michael Carter-Williams will see extended minutes off the Bulls bench as well.

Sean Highkin on Twitter

Apr 21 - 11:08 AM

Mikhail Prokhorov    C  Nets

 

 

Owner Mikhail Prokhorov is selling a 49 percent stake in the Brooklyn Nets franchise. Prokhorov told Russian media that "currently the process is going on and we are looking for a buyer."

ESPN.com

Apr 21 - 11:04 AM

Khris Middleton    G  Bucks

 

 

Middleton provided a team-leading 20 points (8-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT) to go with seven assists, three rebounds and two steals across 34 minutes Thursday in a 104-77 win over the Raptors in Game 3.

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Apr 21 - 10:58 AM