Rajon Rondo still unlikely to play for the Bulls in Game 6 against the Celtics

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 26: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Chicago Bulls reacts on from the bench during the third quarter of Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on April 26, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

CHICAGO – When reporters caught a glimpse of him taking a few warm-up shots at practice on Tuesday, there has been a hope that the Bulls’ point guard might make a speedy return to the lineup.

Once again, it looks like it will have to wait.

In a conference call on Thursday, head coach Fred Hoiberg said that Rajon Rondo is still a “longshot” to return not only to Game 6 of the first round series with the Celtics on Friday night at the United Center but to even a potential Game 7 on Sunday should the Bulls win.

Hoiberg confirmed that Isaiah Canaan will be the Bulls’ starting point guard for Game 6. Rondo has missed the last three games after fracturing his right thumb in Game 2 of the series.

According to Bulls radio play-by-play announcer Chuck Swirsky, Rondo has already been ruled out for Game 6.

Rondo’s presence has been missed by the Bulls, who have now dropped three-straight to the top-seeded Celtics after winning the first two games with the point guard in the lineup. The Bulls face elimination tomorrow at the United Center after a 108-97 loss in Game 5 in Boston.