Rondo played 27 minutes to decent results, scoring 12 points and adding in four rebounds and six assists, while the Bulls lost 101-99 on a late-game dagger by Wizards star John Wall.
Despite Rondo’s negative words, his positive play has seemed to earn him a spot back in the rotation, at least for the time being. It was announced today that Rondo will play again tonight against the New York Knicks in a “6th man role.”
Rondo in 6th man role vs. Knicks
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) January 12, 2017
This suggests Rondo will be the first player off of the bench, and play about as much if not more than he did against the Wizards.
Keep in mind that the Bulls still have a big hole they need to fill in their guard rotation with shooting guard Jimmy Butler missing another game. That could be informing Hoiberg’s decision to play Rondo.
Even with the strong play of new starting guard Michael Carter-Williams, the Bulls are still desperate for answers throughout their rotation. If Rondo takes advantage of this opportunity and continues to play well, Hoiberg may have no choice but to play him even when Butler returns to the court.