Rondo suspended, will miss Game 2

The NBA suspended Celtics all-star point guard Rajon Rondo on Monday for one game without pay for making contact with an official. Rondo will miss Game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoff series with the Hawks Tuesday. It is the second suspension for Rondo this season for his conduct concerning an official.

Rondo bumped referee Marc Davis in the final minute of the Celtics’ Game 1 loss to the Hawks Sunday after being assessed a technical foul for arguing a call. He was subsequently given a second technical and ejected. Rondo was upset because officials called teammate Brandon Bass for a foul, instead of awarding a jump ball, during a scrum for a loose ball with Hawks forward Josh Smith.

“It’s part of the package with our team,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Monday prior to be informed of the ruling. “We are a volatile team in a lot of ways. Rondo is an emotional player. You know the old saying, I would rather kindle a fire than start one. I like his fire and sometimes he burns you. I like the fire that he has. Someone asked, why was he involved [in arguing the call]. Because he is into the game. He is a fighter for his team. You didn’t want him to go that far, obviously. It’s just who he is. It’s also what makes him great. It’s that fine line that you have to walk and every once in a while he crosses it.”

Rondo and Rivers said the contact with Davis was unintentional and that his momentum carried him into the official. Teammate Paul Pierce called the contact “real minor.” However, league rules are clear on what is acceptable.

“We have a hard and fast rule, unless someone trips you and sends you into him, you don’t touch a referee,” NBA commissioner David Stern told ESPN radio prior to the announcement of the suspension.

The Celtics will now have to play without Rondo, who had 20 points and 11 assists in the series-opening loss to the Hawks.

71 comments Add your comment

vava74

April 30th, 2012
5:56 pm

Rather have him on floor.

Our guys could lose focus due to this – typically Hawk – and Celtics could rally out of the “injustice”…

I hope I’m wrong!

Luke Cage

April 30th, 2012
6:00 pm

SWEET CHRISTMAS!!!

Luke Cage

April 30th, 2012
6:02 pm

It messes up their flow, not many PG’s out there making passes like rondo, plus he’s a good defender with very very long arms, just D up on kg & pierce more, celts have no bench so we should always win that battle.

Some will say we won because he didn’t play, but who cares, at this point a win is a win.

Crazy Horse

April 30th, 2012
6:04 pm

Agree with vava74. We need to stay focused. The pressure was already on not to lose this series. If we lose a Rondo-less game 2? I don’t even want to think about it.

Joe

April 30th, 2012
6:05 pm

That is the dumbest explanation I have ever heard.

atljackson

April 30th, 2012
6:05 pm

This is just too obvious….Rondo should have gotten more than a one game suspension…..but him being out for more than that puts the Celtics at too much of a risk of losing the series to Atlanta….the NBA wants the Celtics to get past this round because they are one of the biggest draws in the NBA….not just in ticket sales, but advertiser interest as well……

Rod from College Park

April 30th, 2012
6:08 pm

Grandmaster JeJe (GM),

The guy does not miss in warmups. It’s amazing. I have known some guys who would make everything in practice, and hit nothing in the game, but not on a professional level. Those guys usually don’t get many minutes.

High-sider

April 30th, 2012
6:17 pm

Repost FTPB

High-sider

April 30th, 2012
5:52 pm

“One compliment for Marvin. On 790 the zone, they said Rick Sund referred to Marvin as the most professional player he has coached, for what it’s worth.” – O’brien

That just shows you [that] Marvin [Williams] is polite, courteous and respectful to [the] Atlanta Hawks’ coaching staff and [executive] management because he, Marvin Williams, knows he is grossly overpaid for what he does/contributes/produces as a member of the Hawks’ team.

Let me give you an “everyday” example of Marvin Williams. Take an individual who only has a H.S. diploma that gets a job as an Accounts Payable clerk with a Fortune 500 company. The Fortune 500 company inexplicably pays the newly-hired Accounts Payable [AP] clerk a salary of $120,000/year. Do you think that newly-hired AP clerk is going to be the “company trouble-maker”
or one of the those “nice, team-player” type of employees? Marvin Williams is an example of the latter [employee].

P.S. Marvin Williams is a good cheerleader, however, the Atlanta Hawks already have a cheerleader/dance team.

http://www.nba.com/hawks/cheerleaders/index.html

High-sider

April 30th, 2012
6:21 pm

High-sider

April 30th, 2012
4:19 pm

Marvin Williams’ stat line for Game 1 vs Boston – 2pts, 1reb, 0asts, 2pfs [personal fouls] in 13:34 of playing time

2pts/814secs = x pts/2160secs
814x = 4320
x = 5.307pts

1reb/814secs = x rebs/2160secs
814x = 2160
x = 2.653rebs
814x = 2160

“Per 36 Minutes” statistic[s] for Marvin Williams for Game 1 vs Boston:

5.307pts, 2.653rebs, 0asts and 5.307personal fouls

northcyde, please verify my calculations for Marvin Williams’ “Per 36 Minutes” statistics for last night’s playoff game vs. the Boston Celtics. LOL
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northcyde, I’m waiting for your verification [of my calculation(s)].

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

April 30th, 2012
6:27 pm

I’m so sick of these new blogs every 6 hours and comments sections not being closed. I can’t keep up with all these posts

Rod and High-Sider: excellent posts.

Looks like I’ll have to copy and paste all my ish from the previous blog

High-sider

April 30th, 2012
6:28 pm

If Rondo didn’t get suspended [for that chest bump], the NBA’s credibility would go further down the toilet, then to a sewer and then to a landfill.

Before Game 2, the Hawks’ players and fans should all “chest bump” each other. LOL

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

April 30th, 2012
6:30 pm

High-sider,

Please do same analysis for the Clippers game last week….LOL

High-sider

April 30th, 2012
6:31 pm

Grandmaster JeJe (GM), thanks for the compliment. Your observations were spot on as well.

W Reid Whitaker, Jr.

April 30th, 2012
6:42 pm

High-sider, do we step on each others feet also ???

EmirS.

April 30th, 2012
6:43 pm

Vava hit on the head.

Typical Hawks are prone to taking the obviously depleted Celtic team for granted and losing focus. As the Head Coach of the Atlanta Hawks, it’s Larry Drew’s MISSION game 2 to make sure that does not happen.

JJJJ

April 30th, 2012
6:44 pm

This decision not only hurts the game, it hurts the fans, from both clubs!

Time to Draft Better

April 30th, 2012
6:49 pm

My broom is still shut up in the closet. But my hand is on the door-knob. ‘Bout ready to open the door.

GO Hawks

drmaryb.(*_*).

April 30th, 2012
6:50 pm

Regular Talk!

“Typical Hawks are prone to taking the obviously depleted Celtic team for granted and losing focus”
________

This is the NBA Playoffs man! yawl still talking that regular season ish?
You really can’t out both sides of the neck, on one side of the neck they say the regular season don’t mean ish … then the other side of the neck start spouting regular season trends from a 66 game schedule with injuries and b2b2b’s.

I can’t listen to none of it. I’m just sayin’.

RA

April 30th, 2012
6:54 pm

Okay, so Rondo’s out, big deal. They’ve still got enough talent on the team to make our boys look stupid if they go in thinking that they’re going to have an easy time of it tomorrow night. Pressure, that’s the word of the day. The Celtics don’t have a true pointguard behind Rondo. They do have chipmonk charlie (aka Paul Pierce). He can handle the ball and run the offense, but he’s still not a guard. The Hawks need to pressure the ball as much as they can, and their arms need to be active on every possession, contest every pass and with Rondo out, there’s no excuse for dribble penetraction, at least not enough of it to hurt us. If they win tomorrow night, it needs to be with shots from the outside. Again, pressure, that is the word now.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 30th, 2012
6:57 pm

Their defense isn’t going to suffer at all with Rondo out, and their defense is what keeps them in games with the Hawks. The key to their offense is Allen, not Rondo. If Allen is back, it completely changes their floor spacing and how the Hawks have to approach defending them. The Hawks better not slack, because I could very easily see Avery Bradley go off again like he did in that regular season game, either pulling up for jumpers or hitting Allen coming off screens.

High-sider

April 30th, 2012
6:58 pm

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

April 30th, 2012
6:30 pm

High-sider,

Please do same analysis for the Clippers game last week….LOL
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Marvin Williams – 11pts, 4rebs and 3asts in 26:45 of playing time vs. Clippers on Apr. 24, 2012

26:45 = 1,605 seconds
36mins. = 2,160 seconds

11/1,605 = x/2,160
1605x = 23,760
x = 14.804pts

4/1,605 = x/2,160
1,605x = 8,640
x = 5.383rebs

3/1,605 = x/2,160
1,605x = 6,480
x = 4.037asts

Marvin Williams’ “Per 36 Minutes” Statistics vs. Clippers dated Apr. 24, 2012:

14.804pts, 5.383rebs and 4.037asts

Those are actually pretty good “nimbers” [statistics] for Marvin Williams. [Now, don't ask me to do this sh-t again.] [LOL]

http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/201204240ATL.html

RA

April 30th, 2012
6:59 pm

JJJJ, how you figure it’s hurts the game and the players? If Ivan Johnson had knocked Kevin Garnette’s head off for provoking him last night and got suspended for a game or two, would that have hurt the game and the fans? Okay, extreme example, but the principal is the same, there are some things that if you do them, you’re going to get suspended, and rightly so. I’m sorry, this isn’t the Eastern Conference of the late eighties early nineties. There are consequences, swift, terrible consequences for stupidity, and any way you slice it or dice it, Rondo’s move was stupid.

Grandad

April 30th, 2012
7:00 pm

Mr dawgNole my post @ 12:29 am

” Rondo will not be suspended . . . .”

Was not so much a prediction as a satirical yea sarcastic
statement directed at the commish;
whom I believe thinks himself to be
both above and below the law simultaneously;
as he adjudicates.
As always basing decisions on $ $ $, rather than right vs wrong.
In other words;
Big mkt is virtually infallible as small mkts are the anathema.

phil

April 30th, 2012
7:01 pm

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)
April 30th, 2012
6:27 pm

I’m so sick of these new blogs every 6 hours and comments sections not being closed. I can’t keep up with all these posts

Rod and High-Sider: excellent posts.

Looks like I’ll have to copy and paste all my ish from the previous blog

*********
please….

Spare us.

High-sider

April 30th, 2012
7:01 pm

W Reid Whitaker, Jr.

April 30th, 2012
6:42 pm

High-sider, do we step on each others feet also ???
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I don’t get it??? I just got off the short bus with my football helmet [on]. [LOL]

Blast

April 30th, 2012
7:02 pm

Yep, Rondo deserved to be suspended at least the one game.

Not sure Hawks will take Celtics lightly in game two. This is the playoffs, man, a different animal altogether. Drew won’t let his team take Celts lightly at all. Besides, Hawks must remember that Celtics scrubs almost beat them the last regular season game these two teams played.

High-sider

April 30th, 2012
7:04 pm

@W Reid Whitaker, Jr.

Oh, okay. You’re talkin’ about Rondo stepping/tripping on the ref’s foot; I’m slow. [LOL]

Yeah, why not?

Blast

April 30th, 2012
7:04 pm

That chest bump was deliberate all the way around. Rondo was still yelling at the ref when he bumped him.

Rondo should have gotten three techs!

joeygt1

April 30th, 2012
7:05 pm

hawks win in a sweep in 4 games.. we simply are the better team and we will prove it.

Blast

April 30th, 2012
7:06 pm

And I doubt if Ray Allen will play at all in this series.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

April 30th, 2012
7:06 pm

High-sider,

Ugh I meant the Dallas game. I knew one of the games he was really bad (I was at both) but couldn’t remember. Thanks though LOL.

phil, it’s coming. Thx

RA

April 30th, 2012
7:07 pm

LD made a really good point last night. Like LD, I don’t know why Boston was so heavily favored. If the Hawks do two more things right than wrong (one for each game they lost), they Hawks sweep the season series, and are still have homecourt advantage, and are STILL the underdogs. The ONLY way that the Hawks are going to get the kind of respect they deserve is to take it to the Celtics, lay the wood, and leave them laying behind the woodshed.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

April 30th, 2012
7:09 pm

LD keeps saying all year we need to not take teams lightly, but we had so many games late in the year where we got down big really early.

Hope that isn’t the case tomorrow.

Everyone, please look at Marvin’s game log. Every 3 games he is just straight up horrid. Well he’s had 2 horrid games in a row now
http://www.nba.com/playerfile/marvin_williams/game_by_game_stats.html

His Per for the Dallas game and last night are a joke. What a draft bust

Paddy

April 30th, 2012
7:12 pm

No matter what sport, you can’t touch an official. All players understand that from grade school!

Grandad

April 30th, 2012
7:17 pm

Emir

I`m agreeing with you.

- BUT -

These are Grown Men, Professional Basketball Players,
and they ‘`Should`’ not ‘`need`’ their HC to do much
as far as motivation or preventing them from losing focus
due to Rondo`s situation.
Also, this is no longer a bunch of young kids, even Josh !

Having said;
it will fall on LD, but these Hawks are paid to be *’`Professional Athletes`’* !

cp

April 30th, 2012
7:17 pm

I just hope this team comes out focused tomorrow. They are known to take a team lightly when a star player is missing. They need to come out attacking early and often. If the Hawks get another big lead as they did in the previous game, then they have to go in for the kill. I thought LD played the bench too long in stretches. As someone said on the last blog, he cant have all 5 bench guys in at one time. One if not two starters should always be on the court.

Egbert

April 30th, 2012
7:19 pm

I am surprised the league suspended him, although the rules are clear. Maybe because I am still bitter about the game 6 and 7 losses to the Celtics when head ref Jack Madden, who lived in Roswell, bent over backwards to give both games to Boston.

KevinA

April 30th, 2012
7:20 pm

Maybe thats why marvin played 14 min. LD for president

KevinA

April 30th, 2012
7:24 pm

Look for the Hawks to win a tight game in Boston. What a wonderful gift by Rondo. 2-0 will look great on the bracket.

brigadier

April 30th, 2012
7:25 pm

this is a must win for the hawks. if they go up 2-0, they just have to get split in boston.

i dont pay attention to tnt their “analysis” have gone down the drain. i stick to nbatv much better analysis

Blast

April 30th, 2012
7:27 pm

There is no cohesion in New York’s game. No continuity, no passing, just a bunch of iso’s by several players, mostly Carmelo.

DawgNole

April 30th, 2012
7:27 pm

vava74
April 30th, 2012
5:56 pm

Rather have him on floor.

Our guys could lose focus due to this – typically Hawk – and Celtics could rally out of the “injustice”…
________________

Valid concern.

And win or lose, we’ll have to hear the excuses forever about the Celtics being short-handed.

brigadier

April 30th, 2012
7:28 pm

grandad,

sir always a pleasure with rondo gone for one game and allen out, how do u like hawks chances in this playoff series?

also ivan has to be under control. seems he wears his guts on his sleeves too much

brigadier

April 30th, 2012
7:30 pm

Enter your comments here

DawgNole

April 30th, 2012
7:31 pm

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)
April 30th, 2012
6:27 pm

I’m so sick of these new blogs every 6 hours and comments sections not being closed. I can’t keep up with all these posts . . . .

Looks like I’ll have to copy and paste all my ish from the previous blog
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I heartily agree (phil’s moaning notwithstanding).

High-sider

April 30th, 2012
7:33 pm

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

April 30th, 2012
7:06 pm

High-sider,

Ugh I meant the Dallas game. I knew one of the games he was really bad (I was at both) but couldn’t remember. Thanks though LOL.

phil, it’s coming. Thx
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Marvin Williams – 6pts, 2rebs and 2asts in 22:43 of playing time vs. Mavericks on Apr. 24, 2012

22:43 = 1,363 seconds
36mins. = 2,160 seconds

6/1,363 = x/2,160
1,363x = 12,960
x = 9.508pts

2/1,363 = x/2,160
1,363x = 4,320
x = 3.17rebs

2/1,363 = x/2,160
1,363x = 4,320
x = 3.17asts

Marvin Williams’ “Per 36 Minutes” Statistics vs. Mavericks dated Apr. 26, 2012:

9.508pts, 3.17rebs and 3.17asts

[Now, (for the last time) don't ask me to do this sh-t again.] [LOL]

http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/201204260ATL.html

DawgNole

April 30th, 2012
7:33 pm

Grandad
April 30th, 2012
6:59 pm

Mr dawgNole my post @ 12:29 am

” Rondo will not be suspended . . . .”

Was not so much a prediction as a satirical yea sarcastic
statement directed at the commish;
whom I believe thinks himself to be
both above and below the law simultaneously;
as he adjudicates.
As always basing decisions on $ $ $, rather than right vs wrong.
In other words;
Big mkt is virtually infallible as small mkts are the anathema.
____________________

Something (somehow) compelled him to do the right thing this time. Except I still think Rondo and Rivers should have to sit out a while for lying.

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TMACfan

April 30th, 2012
7:56 pm

Jeff Teague is going to have a field day…