Rajon Rondo hit with $25,000 fine for trying to trip Jae Crowder

Paul and Griffin suffered injuries of their own in Game 4 against Portland, both of the season-ending variety. Griffin re-injured his quad while Paul got his hand stuck on Gerald Henderson’s shorts, breaking his third metacarpal on a freak play. The Trail Blazers tied the series at 2-2 with a win in Game 4, then brushed off the rest of the Clippers in Games 5 and 6. Whereas the Rockets series hurt because it was a blown chance, this one stung simply because the chance was taken away.

Blame percentages: While the Trail Blazers beat the Clippers with Paul and Griffin logging normal minutes in Game 3, it’s hard not to imagine this series playing out differently with both guys, particularly Paul, available for the entire matchup.

We’ll give Portland credit while acknowledging Los Angeles won the first two games of the series by 20 and 21 points: Paul and Griffin injuries (67 percent), Trail Blazers closing it out (22 percent), Damian Lillard’s scoring ability (6 percent), Damian Lillard’s bar-spitting ability (5 percent).

Count the NBA among those not buying Rajon Rando’s claim that he was only stretching when he tripped Jae Crowder in Game 3 of the Bulls-Celtics playoff series Friday night.

The Bulls guard has been slapped with a $25,000 fine, Kiki VanDeWeghe, the league’s executive VP of basketball operations, announced Sunday.

The incident occurred with about 31 seconds left in the first quarter of Boston’s 104-87 win at United Center.

When you tear an ACL, your leg gets stiff every once in awhile. I had to Cheap Hockey Jerseys From China stretch it out, Rondo excused, per the Chicago Tribune.

In the video below Rondo, who is sidelined for the rest of the series with a Cheap Hockey Jerseys Custom broken thumb, is the one with the jimmy legs in the strange short-sleeved maroon suit on the Bulls bench.

Game 4 is set for Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET, when the Celtics try to even the series at two games apiece.

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