Rajon Rondo bumps official; is suspension on horizon?

The Celtics lost Game 1 of their first-round playoff series with the Hawks,  and they may be without starting point guard Rajon Rondo for Game 2. Rondo was  ejected late in Sunday night’s game in Atlanta, and a suspension could be  forthcoming.

With 41 seconds to go and the Celtics trailing by four, 78-74, Rondo  vehemently protested a foul call by official Marc Davis on forward Brandon Bass.  Davis turned to the scorer’s table to issue Rondo a technical foul, and Rondo  then bumped him from behind. Rondo was tossed immediately

 

 " I didn't intentionally chest-bump him, but that's what it appears to be,"  Rondo told the Associated Press.

“Now you gotta worry about a suspension if there was contact (with an  official),” analyst Steve Kerr said during TNT’s broadcast. “... If you’re a  Celtics fan, you’re not so worried about Game 1 (anymore), now you’re worried  about Game 2. The league is going to have a look at that. Will Rondo even be  here?”

Getting in some immediate lobbying, Celtics coach Doc Rivers saw things a bit  differently than the replay showed. He doesn't think Rondo deserves a  suspension.

    "I'm always worried, but I would be surprised if that happens," Rivers  said. "I thought Rondo was walking toward Marc, and Marc turned back toward him,  and that's when Rondo bumped him. ... That's all it was, in my opinion. But  we'll see."

    Rondo had a similar take.

    "Obviously I was upset about the call and I said some words to Marc. I  deserved the first tech," Rondo said. "As I was walking, I thought he stopped.  My momentum carried me into him. I even think I tripped on his foot."

    Studio analyst Kenny Smith said—at least half-jokingly—that the only  thing that could save Rondo from a suspension by NBA disciplinarian Stu Jackson  is that Rondo may have tripped over Davis’ foot and bumped him inadvertently.

    "It's out of my control," Rondo told the AP. "Obviously, I want to be  there for my teammates but other than that, it's out of my control."

    The Hawks went on to win, 83-74. Game 2 is Tuesday night, and the  Celtics, already without  Ray Allen for Game 1, may have an even tougher assignment sans Rondo.

 

 

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