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Celtics’ Rajon Rondo suspended for Game 2 against Atlanta

Apr 30, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

It’s not a shock, but it is a blow.

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will be suspended for Game 2 of their playoff series against the Hawks Tuesday night, the league announced. Celtics president Danny Ainge had confirmed the suspension to A. Sherrod Blakely of minutes before the league made it official

“Rondo has been our best player and it obviously hurts us,” C’s president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, told “Someone else is going to have to step up and make it not as painful without Rondo out there.”

Rondo was thrown out late in Game 1 when he bumped official Marc Davis after arguing a call. The league rule calls for a one game suspension for any player that intentionally makes contact with a referee. The only way it couldn’t be a suspension is if it was considered an accident, and while Rondo stumbled it is clear his bump of the official is intentional.

Boston already lost Game 1 to Atlanta and winning Game 2 without Rondo will be a challenge. The alternative for Boston is going down 2-0 in the series, meaning they would need to win four of the final five games to win the series. A tall order against a quality Hawks team.

  1. lakerluver - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Not a Celtics fan but if I were I’d be PO’d!! How can the teams best player (arguably) make such a boneheaded decision?

  2. raidmagic - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    “I stumbled”…lol whatever

    • sabatimus - Apr 30, 2012 at 6:46 PM

      What an utter liar Rondo is. If you do something, own it. And it’s not like he hasn’t had run-ins with officials in the past.

  3. rosesacl - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    So violence towards a referree(authority figure) is 2 games and violence towards another player(artest vs harden) is 7 games.
    Very interesting indeed….

  4. Justin - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    This dude is kind of turning into a headcase. How much effect did Rasheed Wallace have in his short time there.

  5. passerby23 - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    I had an eery feeling coming into this series. Everyone in the world was picking Boston to win this series. They blew Game 1 and are in serious jeopardy for Game 2. Not looking good for the C’s.

  6. progress2011 - Apr 30, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Justin, we don’t often see eye to eye….BUT I agree with you on this. Dude is becoming a bit of a pre-madonna !

    He’s got a very limited skill set, based on the fact that he can’t shoot the friggin ball.

    Guards are expected to be able to do “everything ” moderately well.
    1. Handle the rock
    2. Set up the offense to get others in scoring position/ assists
    3. Play solid defense.

    Rondo does the top 3 very well and even leads the league in a few…HOWEVER

    Dudes shoots bricks! Everyone, including him, is surprised when a jumper goes thru the nets.

    We used to call it ” Self-Checked “. Meaning, there is no reason for anyone to really check / defend him on offense. Simply guard the passing lanes.

    You can’t be a Pre-madonna and have a broke jumper !!!

  7. lphboston - Apr 30, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Rondo makes boneheaded plays because he a bonehead. That simple. This is one of the reasons Ainge considered trading him. They have to massage him like they did with Dennis Johnson back in the Bird Era. Rondo is just not mature enough to rely on, and the Celtics will never get equal value for him because other teams know this. That said, he has unique talent that make him the perfect PG for this team. When Garnett/Allen/Piece are gone, different story.

  8. mornelithe - Apr 30, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    This wasn’t unexpected, everyone knew he was going to get a game for it. He certainly looked like he intentionally arched his back to make contact with the ref, and it’s hard to deny it when you watch the replays.

    The Celtics can win without Rondo, but it’ll take a truly inspired performance by the whole team to get it done, against a clearly motivated Hawks team. If they start another game like they did last night, they’re tossing their chances down the drain.

    Here’s hoping Rondo learns from this one, his past faux-pas weren’t during the playoffs, I’m betting his team isn’t going to let him forget this one anytime soon, nor should they.

    • bozosforall - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:37 PM

      At this rate, they won’t even make it out of the first round. Looks like the Hawks want it more than I gave them credit for. Celtics won’t make it beyond the second round…or maybe not even past the first round at this rate. CHOKE CITY

      • mornelithe - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:55 PM

        If they continue to start games like they did last night, you’ll hear no argument from me. Though, they did manage to get it pretty close in the latter half. Would’ve definitely won had they not sucked up the court in the first quarter.

        Choke city is New York, c’mon, only team in sports history to drop 4 straight after being up 3-0, completely alien performance, but still trumps losing a single game.

      • bozosforall - May 1, 2012 at 11:40 AM

        Choke city is NOW Boston. 2004 is in the distant past, just like most of the titles that you morons continue to tout. New York holds the CURRENT Lombardi (won over yet another choker team, the Pats) trophy, so New York has the edge right now.

        Only team in sports history to drop 4 straight after being up 3-0? You CONVENIENTLY forget the 2010 Boston Bruins, who not only did the same exact thing PLUS they were up 3-0 in Game 7 and STILL choked the series away. WAY worse than 2004 for the Yankees.

        Most recent baseball choke is the Red Sox. choking away a AL East lead over the course of the next month, trumping losing over the course of a week.

        Red Sox – CHOKED last fall, Pats – CHOKED last winter, Bruins – CHOKED this spring, Celtics – on their way to CHOKING right now.

        Boston = currently CHOKE CITY

        morononlithium = OWNED

      • mornelithe - May 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

        *yawn* See how easy it is to simply ignore you when you go off on your silly tantrums? All I had to read was a few words to know it’s beneath me to go any further. It’s too bad, because we actually had a chance of having a decent discussion. Oh well, I guess that’s just expecting too much. Funny how you dump all over Boston fans, and yet you can’t even manage to maintain civil discourse on your own. Irony anyone?

        Respond or don’t, I’ll be sure to ignore any follow-ups (because, even though you think you’re impossible to ignore, it’s actually really easy). I do find a great deal of enjoyment not rising to your trolling though, responding in a thoughtful manner, and letting you foam and spit at the mouth, as you’re prone to doing.

      • bozosforall - May 1, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        Foam and spit at the mouth? Get real…I put out the bait and you crybabies rise to it every time.

        Also, feel free to call out the hordes of New England sports fans who regularly engage in the same behavior that you find so deplorable in me. Odd how what I do offends you, yet when New Englanders do it (with alarming regularity, having been raised that way, particularly reflected in the years that Red Sox fans have whined about the Yankees), you have nothing to say. Clean up your own backyard and watch those of us who criticize New Englanders lay off. You would be amazed at how dramatic the change would be.

  9. jjordannba - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Why is the ref not taking any criticism, Do yall all not realize that the very play before that happened Josh Smith hit it out of bounds and that very same ref said it was out on Rondo. Rondo argued that it was Josh and there ref was just didn’t want to hear it. with less than 1 minute left in the game shouldn’t any questionable call be reviewed. If it had been it would have been Celtics ball instead and that next play would have never had to happen.

    • bozosforall - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:44 PM

      Quit whining, you Boston crybaby.

      • jjordannba - Apr 30, 2012 at 9:42 PM

        That blown call changed the whole game the Celtics down 4, with 1 minute left. Give the ball back to Boston instead of ATL after Josh Smith hits it out of bounds and say Paul Pierce hits a 2, now the Celtics are down only 2 with about 47 seconds left

      • bozosforall - May 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM

        Keep on crying, you Boston wuss. And IF Pierce misses, the Celtics are still down 4. IF and 5 dollars will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks. You can shove your “IF” where the sun doesn’t shine.

    • progress2011 - Apr 30, 2012 at 9:50 PM

      Well….now you venture into an area, where we expect ” Professionals” to behave “Professionally”.

      It is not professional, to behave badly and threaten to beat up your boss, or someone in human resources because you did not get the corporate promotion, you thought you deserved.

      We are only talking about sports, but it is not professional to want to fight the referee (an older man, non-athelete that is about a foot shorter) because he didn’t get the call on the other end.

      The “Professional” act would be to state your claim and Play Ball !!!

      • jjordannba - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:34 PM

        I already said this was the play before the ref incident happened so if they just got the out of bounds play correct then the ref thing would have never occured

      • iknowzeroaboutsports - May 1, 2012 at 12:58 AM

        If she only hadn’t screwed up my chicken pot pie, I wouldn’t have had to smack her around. Dummy.

    • rayburns - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:56 PM

      Guess what?

      It doesn’t matter what the ref did or didn’t call! Rondo lost his cool and crossed the uncrossable line. Period end of discussion.

    • mornelithe - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:57 PM

      Doesn’t matter how poor the reffing was. You don’t touch a ref. Period. You can get as frustrated as you want, but the fact is, Rondo’s an integral part of that group, and he let his emotions get the best of him.

  10. mungman69 - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    He’s got to control his emotions

  11. 11jlacy - May 1, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    Rondo control yourself u was tripping mr triple double.

  12. 24thesho - May 1, 2012 at 7:09 AM

    Rondo, it’s an NBA basketball game, not the Afghanistan War. You play basketball, you are not a cop, you play basketball, you are not a school teacher at the most challenging school, you play basketball, you are not an EMS worker, you play basketball, the ref. is not your waiter, you play basketball, you are not a heart surgeon, you play basketball…., remember, you play basketball in the NBA and make a lot of money. You are not Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson or even, Kobe Bryant. Get over yourself, dude! Play ball and stfu!

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