Rondo suspended for game 2
ATLANTA -- Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended for Game 2 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Atlanta Hawks for making contact with a game official, NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson announced Monday.
Rondo chest-bumped referee Marc Davis with 41 seconds remaining in Sunday's 83-74 Game 1 loss at Philips Arena, earning his second technical and automatic ejection. Rondo, who earned both technicals while vehemently protesting a foul call against teammate Brandon Bass, said after the game that the bump was unintentional, but the league apparently viewed it as otherwise.
This is Rondo's second referee-related suspension in three months. He was also suspended for two games in February after zipping a ball at an official.
The NBA rulebook states, "Any player or coach guilty of intentional physical contact with an official shall automatically be suspended without pay for one game. A fine and/or longer period of suspension will result if circumstances so dictate."
Appearing on ESPN Radio's "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" on Monday, NBA commissioner David Stern said, "We have a hard and fast rule. Unless somebody trips you and sends you into him, nobody touches a referee. That's the proposition."
"Obviously, from a competitive standpoint we are disappointed with the league's decision to suspend Rondo," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said following announcement of the suspension. "He plays a valuable part in our team's success. We accept the punishment and will use it as a learning tool for our players."
Despite Rondo's suspension, Rivers said earlier in the day that he wouldn't be tempted to rush ailing shooting guard Ray Allen back into the lineup for Game 2.
Allen sat out Game 1 due to lingering pain with a right ankle that will require surgery after the season to remove bone spurs. Rivers had dubbed Allen at "50/50" before Sunday's game, but he was unable to go. Allen was back on the floor getting up shots as the team prepared to practice Monday afternoon, but Rivers suggested he didn't think Allen would be ready for Game 2.
"If Ray is not ready, he's not ready," said Rivers. "One thing I don't do -- I'l never do it, and maybe I'm wrong in it -- I don't ever put a guy out if he isn't ready. I just won't put him on the floor. If Ray told me he could play and (team trainer) Eddie (Lacerte) said he didn't think he could play, Ray would not play. That's just the way it is. (Allen) said he felt a little better, but I don't see it right now."
This is Rondo's 2nd instance this season in which he has been suspended for bumping or throwing the ball at a referee. I thought he would get 2 maybe 3 games because of the fact that he has a history of this.
1st instance this season (February 29, 2012):
2nd instance this season (April 29, 2012):
I thought he was going to get one, I didn't factor in his recent history, that's really going to hurt the Celtics chances but I'm not counting them out. That side of the Eastern bracket is up in the air right now.
The perfect storm is brewing for the Celtics at this point. Two of their big 4 are out for game 2 and their bench is thinner than ever. The Celtics are going to really need good games from Dooling, Pietrus, and Daniels.
Bradley might be the key to their success now
The next game is huge, 2-0 lead would be nothing to the Celtics but we need all the advantages we can get against them.
I'd never seen the "throw" at the official.
THAT was considered a big deal? Seriously? I expected an overhand missle. He flipped it right where he should've. The guy didn't even try to catch it. Wasn't exactly like he was trying to beane him the head or the back or anything.
I don't agree with it, I really don't. I know you can't touch an official, but you can make a convincing arguement that he tripped, even though even I admit that he didn't. However I don't there was enough evidence or that he really did anything worthy of a suspension. Celts are in trouble. Many people counted the Hawks out, but I knew they had a decent chance. I know the Bulls are still a legit threat and a solid good team without D-Rose, but this might be the year the Hawks get out of the second round, however I wouldn't give them a shot against Miami, but I'm still not counting NY out, they still have their hom games, they could get blown out tonight and it wouldn't make a difference to me, I have NY going down in 6, but if Novak and Smith catch fire, anything can happen.
after that devastating bump. At least it wasn't an elbow to the ref's head.
Rondo is a punk, I'm glad he was suspended. He should've been suspended when they played the Bulls a few years ago too.
i aint mad at it.
I hate Rondo and think he is an A$$hole, but he said he didnt do it on purpose and that he tripped on the ref. When I saw the video, you can see that he stepped on the ref's shoe and lost his balance. O well. I hate the celtics so it doesnt bother me. Watch his foot at 1:04
I'm sure the ref will recover in a few days after that devastating bump. At least it wasn't an elbow to the ref's head.
If that was a wwe ref, the ref would be in a medically induced coma right now.
The bump didn't look like a result of him tripping to me. He trips, but stops and catches himself for a split second then bumps his chest into the ref. Looks intentional to me.
Well, like I said you could make a convincing case that he genuinly bumped him, however I believe that he used the momentum that he got from the shoe bump to get that bump, I think he did it on purpose, and remember Rondo was extra mad because the ref blew the previous call as well when it was clearly out on Josh Smith and they called it out on him, Rondo has to control himself, but I didn't think the league would suspend him for it.
Yeah, I don't see how you can argue whatsoever that it was an accident. When tripping, nobody in the history of humanity sticks out their chest to break their fall. Nobody.
I don't mean to be funny here, and I know you said all of humanity and this is a Dino, but just bear with me, I'm just trying to prove that it's completely possible he could've triped, however I know he did it on purpose.