Rajon Rondo Gets Ejected For Bumping The Ref! Should David Stern Suspend Rondo Or Not?

Posted: Apr 30, 2012
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Rajon Rondo Gets Ejected For Bumping The Ref! Should David Stern Suspend Rondo Or Not? Not having Ray Allen because of a right ankle injury hampered the Boston Celtics' offense severely in Game 1. CAPTIONBy David Butler II, US Presswire Now they might not have point guard Rajon Rondo, who was ejected for arguing a call with an official and then appeared to bump him, for Game 2 vs. the Atlanta Hawks. "I deserved the first tech," Rondo said. "I didn't intentionally chest-bump him, but that's what it appears to be. It's out of my control. Per NBA policy, ejections are reviewed and because Rondo made contact with an official he'll likely be fined and could face a suspension. According to the NBA rulebook, "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." Getting in some immediate lobbying, Celtics coach Doc Rivers saw things a bit differently than the replay showed. Not surprisingly, 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." Smith said he was definitely fouled as he scrambled for the loose ball with Bass. "That was the right call they made," Smith said of the potentially series-altering play. "I'm not sure what happened with Rondo. That will be up to the league to see what he did wrong. You never know what's going to happen, but we'll definitely factor him in going to tomorrow." The Celtics missed Allen immensely as their offense went stagnant during key stretches and trailed by as many as 19 points in the 83-74 loss, but Rondo stepped up. He scored a team-high 20 points on 10-for-18 shooting, and had game-highs of 11 assists and four steals. With Boston trailing 78-74 with 41 seconds left, there was a furious scramble for a loose ball. Hawks forward Josh Smith came up with it and Celtics forward Brandon Bass was called for a personal foul. Bass fouled out. Rondo exploded with anger towards referee Marc Davis, received a technical, continue to follow him and then stumbled and bumped him with his chest. The Celtics' attempt at a comeback was squashed and they never scored another point. Without Allen, Boston also missed all 11 of their three-point shots. Paul Pierce was 0-for-6 from long range, Avery Bradley and Mickael Pietrus missed two each and Keyon Dooling missed his only attempt. In addition to potentially not having Allen and Rondo, Celtics coach Doc Rivers played his veterans a lot. Pierce logged 42 minutes and Garnett 40. Rondo was suspended two games earlier this season for throwing a ball at an official. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lilchalie16
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