As expected, Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended one game by the NBA league office for making physical contact with a ref.
In Sundays first-round playoff game against the Atlanta Hawks, Rondo verbally challenged referee Marc Davis (for which he received a technical foul) before taking it an ill-advised step further and bumping Davis with his chest. Rondo was immediately ejected.
Of the suspension, Coach Doc Rivers had this to say…
Obviously, from a competitive stand point we are disappointed with the league’s decision to suspend Rondo,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said via statement. “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.
Really, Doc? It’s a well know rule — touch a ref and sit it on down. Plain and simple.
The Celtics face the Hawks again in Atlanta, Tuesday.