Celtics’ Rondo Suspended For Game 2





OKLAHOMA CITY – The wheels of NBA justice didn’t need long to churn out a decision on Celtics All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo.

He’s been suspended for Tuesday night’s Game 2 of the Celtics series against the Hawks for “making contact with a game official,” the league announced this afternoon.

Rondo argued with game official Marc Davis with 41 seconds to play in Sunday night’s Game 1 and was ejected after he chest bumped into Davis from behind. That bump came after Rondo stumbled over the foot of Brandon Bass. Rondo said he accidentally made contact with Davis after tripping over someone’s foot; he wasn’t sure whose it was at the time.

Without him the Celtics are in a bind. Shooting guard Ray Allen is still recovering from an ankle injury that kept him out of uniform for Game 1, a contest the Hawks won 83-74 after leading by as many 19 points. Rondo will return for Game 3 Friday night in Boston.

“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.”

283 Comments

  1. Peter M. Arel says:

    SUSPENSIONS-NOT FINES-ARE THE ONLY APPROPRIATE PENALTIES FOR GETTING PHYSICAL WITH GAME OFFICIALS! AND LIFETIME SUSPENSIONS SHOULD BE IMPOSED UPON PLAYERS WHO’VE BEEN PLAYING
    BASKETBALL LONG ENOUGH TO KNOW BETTER! ANY NBA PLAYER ON ANY NBA TEAM WHO GETS SUSPENDED
    THROUGH HIS OWN FAULT AND PUTS HIS TEAM AT RISK OF LOSING GAMES-AND BEING ELIMINATED AS FAR AS
    POSTSEASON PLAY IS CONCERNED SHOULD BE TRADED FROM TEAM TO TEAM UNTIL HE IS FORCED BY THE
    INFIRMITIES OF OLD AGE TO RETIRE FROM ACTIVE PLAY!

  2. Peter M. Arel says:

    THE NBA SHOULD SUSPEND PLAYERS FOR PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH GAME OFFICIALS, PLAYOFFS BE DAMNED!
    THE SAME RULES THEY PLAYERS ARE REQUIRED TO FOLLOW DURING THE REGULAR SEASON SHOULD ALSO
    BE THE SAME FOR THE PLAYOFFS! TEAMS WHOSE PLAYERS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED FOR MAKING PHYSICAL
    CONTACT WITH GAME OFFICIALSA SHOULD BE FORCED TO PLAY SHORTHANDED AND LOSE GAMES! THE RULES
    MUSTY BE ENFORCED EVEN DURING THE PLAYOFFS OR THEY BECOME A JOKE!

  3. Peter M. Arel says:

    ARE REFEREES PERFECT?OF COURSE NOT! BUT THE RULES AGAINST PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH GAME OFFICIALS MUST BE ENFORCED OR THEY BECOME A JOKE! THE TEAM MUST SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES WHEN ONE OF ITS PLAYERS MAKES PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH A GAME OFFICIAL, INTENTIONAL OR NOT! LIFETIME
    SUSPENSIONS MUST BE GIVEN FOR INTENTIONAL PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH GAME OFFICIALS!

  4. Peter M. Arel says:

    NO MATTER WHICH NBA TEAM YOU PLAY FOR THE RULES MUST BE ENFORCED OR THEY BECOME A JOKE!
    RONDO DESERVED THE SUSPENSION FOR MAKING CONTACT WITH A REFEREE! THE NBA CANNOT LET PLAYERS
    DECLARE OPEN SEASON ON REFEREES FOR ANY REASON WHATSOEVER!

  5. beantownallday says:

    sup now people!!!!! C’s all day baby. Doc rivers is the best coach in the league and this team is fulll of heart. Thats what wins playoff ball games. As in tonight boys!!

  6. Canadian B-Ball Coach says:

    Just finished watching game 2. Can’t believe Pierce took over. 36 points 14 rebounds. Atlanta must now show some grit on the road in order to prove they can still contend. Rondo is lucky that this didn’t cost his team the game and possibly the series.

  7. danny says:

    rondo deserved a fine, not a suspension your freakin changing the whole dynamic of the series and clearly marc davis handed that GAME 1 to the hawks, as the celtics were making the come back, and the call should of been jumpball and the game would of became interestinggggg, instead my he called a foul, i rest my case

    • Peter M. Arel says:

      A SUSPENSION(however many games like 4 or 5) IS THE ONLY TRULY APPROPRIATE PENALTY FOR GETTING PHYSICAL WITH GAME OFFICIALS! SURE THE REFEREES MAKE MISTAKES. BUT IF YOU’VE GOT A PROBLEM WITH
      THE OFFICIATING BOYCOTT THE NBA IN FAVOR OF HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE BASKETBALL OR PLAY THE GAME YOURSELF FOR THE FUN OF IT. THEN IT WON’T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE HOW BAD THE OFFICIATING IS.
      GETTING PHYSICAL WITH GAME OFFICIALS CREATES MORE PROBLEMS THAN IT SOLVES!

  8. Brandon says:

    The league knows the celtics can easily beat the hawks even without rondo, this is why they suspended him 1 game. If it was miami or the bulls there is no way he would have been suspended. They need this series to go on as long as possible.

  9. MYSELF says:

    FOUR WORDS: CELTICS WILL STILL WIN! I’D PLACE MONEY ON THAT. JUST YOU WATCH. THIS IS STERN’S WAY OF CONTROLLING THE OUTCOME OF THE SERIES IN MY OPINION BUT IT WILL FAIL. I KNOW WHAT ARTEST DID WAS FUCCED BUT 7 GAMES? NOW HE’S GONNA SUSPEND RONDO FOR A LIL BUMP? HIS PLAN WILL FAIL.

  10. Ben H. says:

    It wasn’t the foul that was the problem, it was the chest bump afterward. What need was there to do that? And pleeeease don’t compare this to the MWP suspension. There’s a reason between a little chest bump to the ref, and a blatant, oh i’m sorry “unintentional”, elbow to the side of the head that causes a CONCUSSION. Rondo did deserve a suspension since there was no need to do that to a ref. If the ref chest bumped HIM, then maybe it would be a warranted retaliation…but all the ref did was make a call. No need to do that, Rondo.

  11. 1234 says:

    rondo bumped him

  12. Csreet says:

    The NBA has made a mistake and the Hawks are in trouble. They have awakened a beast in KG and P double and they better watch out. Avery Bradly is an outstanding 6th man. Is he as good as Rondo? of course not but he will definately play a big role in tonights game…Tonight Celtics win by at least 15

  13. Davon says:

    Thw Boston Celtics are supreme….Period……anyone who disagrees probably never played organized ball and got beat up as a kid in school…all year long, all I heard…..the Celtics are old, the Celtics can’t win, the Celtics ain’t going nowhere….and whatdouknow……WE RIGHT HERE…..BANNER 18 COMING UP

  14. HawksFan101 says:

    I am a big Hawks fan. I’ve watched the development of Josh Smith over the past few years since he got into the NBA. Josh is dominating Kevin Garnet, and Jeff Teauge is damn near keeping right in stride with Rajon Rondo, and people consider RR to the THE BEST at his position… Good, I like that! Rondo clapped his hands and walked towards the ref. and chest bumped him like a PUNK. If ANY Atlanta player had done that I as a fan would have to accept the suspension. ATL. is an underdog no matter what we do in sports, but this Hawks team is a PIT-BULL. Keep cheering on your multi championship team (its easy), while your at it, wish the Yankees and the Cowboys well too.

    • MYSELF says:

      BAHAHAHA WELL THAT’S CUTE. I BET KINGS FANS WERE SAYIN THE SAME THING COS THEY HAD COUSINS OR MAYBE EVANS BUT WERE ARE KINGS NOW? YUP THEY ARE OUTTA SITE, FAR FROM THE CHAMPIONSHIP COURT. MY POINT IS, JOSH SMITH IS NICE AND MAYBE YOU CAN ADD JOE JOHNSON TO THE LIST BUT HE ALONE CANNOT WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR THE ATL SO IF CELTICS IS SCREWED I GUESS HAWKS MUST BE BEYOND SCREWED.

  15. mc says:

    the celtics are playing without ray allen and rondo but the hawks have been playing without there all-star center and there back up center. You don’t see them complaining.

  16. NBA FEE says:

    I think tommorrow game no need to pay attention about it. No rondo = loss 80%
    use the following start line-up as a sign of objection

    PG : Dooling
    SG : Etuen Moore
    SF : Palovic
    PF : JJ Johnson
    C : Hollins

    Garnett, Pierce, Pietrus, Ab0, Stiemama as reserve

  17. ej says:

    Stern and Jackson, you guys are horrible when it comes to being fair and consistent. Please continue to do what you do, be inconsistent. I guess if you are good at something stick with it.

    • K says:

      The only inconsistent thing here is the wish washy opinions of a sports fan! Your whole pathetic life and mood changes revolve around your sports team. It’s a game! How is Rondo’s suspension going to really affect how you live? Is it going to pay your bills or put food on your table? Dude don’t take this cramp so seriously!

  18. bigboy11 says:

    THAT WAS A STUPID ACT BY RONDO , GUESS HE THOUGHT HE WAS UNTOUCHABLE, SOMEONE NEED TO TELL THAT HE IS NOT KOBE,LEBRON OR WADE

  19. Mikey says:

    I think Rondo should get suspended for the rest of the series, or at least 2 games. what message does this send? You can just bump into refs and get suspended one game? Even if he didn’t bump the ref did u see how he got in the refs face.. This is ridiculous, I’m in high school and play ball and players on my team display a more mature demeanor than this. Where is the dignity in the league? How dare you get into a refs face like that. I love basketball, and the way it’s supposed to be played but Unfortunately now the nba is filled with a bunch of monkeys that don’t know how to act.

    • CelticsBIG3 says:

      Your a total idiot. Obviously you’ve never been involved in any meaningful basketball games where emotions run high, especially after a ridiculously blown call the previous play. This isn’t the first time i’ve seen Marc Davis F up.

  20. Darklander says:

    Stern is an old IDIOT. He should retire and leave NBA to a man with vision and more capable of running the league fairly.

    • K says:

      Dude please Stern brought the NBA out of the dark ages! Learn your NBA history before you start making absurb comments!

  21. italian nba followers! says:

    the referee is an idiot!

  22. TTKIN says:

    The Celtics will be screwed if the Hawks come out with aggression ready to win. I just have a hard time imagining that. I’ll believe it when I see it. C’mon guys, let’s get all 10,000 of the fans in ur arena out of their seats haha.

  23. Carlos says:

    Let’s not be biased! Regardless of this being the correct or incorrect call, Rondo snap at Davis and yelled something at him that got him the Tech! then Davis turns around and walks off and Rondo follows him (still yelling at his ear) kind of tripped on the ref’s foot( Rondo shouldn’t have been that close) and bumped Davis.

    Part of becoming an NBA champion, its controlling your emotions. Sometimes a player has to say something and get a tech so the ref can start paying attention to certain things (like CP3 did on their game one).

    However, let’s not pick and choose bad calls, because they happen. That’s the human aspect of the game.

    Finally, I’m sorry but Boston was loosing the from the start, and how Boston played the 4 quaters and not the foul/jump ball call is what ensured they lost the first game.

    Lack of self control…..Rondo,,,,now Amare! who will be next!

  24. JP says:

    Okay first of all that was a really bad call, and call me crazy but it seems like every time Boston plays the Hawks and its in the 4th period and the Celtics have a small lead or are trying to catch up to win. The refs call a bad call even more than one something fishy going on with that. On the bump that was a very small bump and Rondo didn’t mean to do it either. He was mad and was walking toward the ref yelling at him about the call which he was right it was a jump ball there was not foul. Rondo should of got the first tech, but as he was walking his foot hit the refs foot and as he tried to walk away his chest hit the ref. Okay kick him out of the game, but not a suspension

    • Peter M. Arel says:

      Sorry JP, THE SUSPENSION WAS NECESSARY TO SEND THE MESSAGE THAT IF YOU GET PHYSICAL
      WITH GAME OFFICIALS BOTH YOU (BY BEING SUSPENDED) AND YOUR TEAM(FORCED BY YOUR STUPIDITY
      AND YOUR SUSPENSION TO PLAY SHORTHANDED) SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES!

  25. Grizz Man says:

    I don’t have a dog in this fight but I would like to know one thing. What punishment will Marc Davis get for making two bogus calls that caused to incident? He will probably get a raise.

    • CelticsBIG3 says:

      Bravo man. No accountability for the poor call made on the out of bounds play taht pissed Rondo off to begin with.

      • K says:

        Now how do you know Mark Davis will not get fine? They don’t publicize punishments of the officials but they happening! Try speaking on something you know; because you certainly have no ideal what your talking about regarding this matter!

  26. Peter says:

    MARC DAVIS HAD ALREADY BLOWN SEVERAL CALLS THROUGHOUT THE GAME. EVEN THOUGH I DON’T APPLAUD RONDO’S BEHAVIOR, THE LEAGUE SHOULD ALSO EVELUATE MARC DAVIS PERFORMANCE. THE GAME OF BASKETBALL IS DECIDED BY ITS PLAYERS NOT THE REFEREES

    • K says:

      They do evaluate the referees after every game! The referees get evaluated more then the average worker in American who makes life and death decisions on the regular! All this referee did was his job and by the way the call that he made was the correct call! Rondo needs to do his job and stop trying to do a job that he’s not qualified to do!

  27. Peter says:

    Also yeah there were some bad calls in the game, but it’s the NBA and that happens (more often then it should, sadly). Atlanta got some bad calls too, Boston are just unlucky that theirs came at such a critical point in the game.

    Still none of this would matter if Boston didn’t play in their sleep for the first 15 mins of the game. Give Atlanta credit – they played harder from the start, they were the better team for most the game and they earned a win.

    • Tapiwa says:

      I see very few peopl here have officiated a basketball,let alone any sporting fixture. U will make mistakes, but they need protection. Rondo earnd 100000000000000000 times more than the refs, can he get as close as he wants to say what he needs to say? When he laced up to play, he agreed t abide by all the rules and also the rule implementers. Sorry to Celtics, but rules are rules. THe commissioner scuffed up the CP3 to lakers deal, which would have changed the west coast, the same way Pau Gasol did. Its not fair, but rules are rules.

  28. Peter says:

    Reality of the situation is that there is no point trying to argue whether or not it was intentional – you don’t know that, I don’t know that…the only person who truly knows of Rondo’s intentions is Rondo himself.

    Fact is that this could have gone either wa – somone impartial has to make the decision to the best of their judgement, and in this case their interpretation is that the bump was intentional. Wrong or right, Rondo put himself in this situation and has accepted responsibility, so no point arguing over it.

    • MYSELF says:

      OK SO IF THAT IS THE CASE, COULDN’T THEY TAKE A POLL OR A VOTE OR SOMETHING? AS IN THE REFEREE COMITTEE AND PLAYERS AND MAYBE EVEN THE PUBLIC COULD DECIDE NOT THE LEAGUE, THEY ARE KNOWN FOR NOT MAKING THE RIGHT DECISIONS IN REGARDS TO THIS TYPE OF INCIDENTS.

  29. Brain32 says:

    BS call by the NBA, very bad decision.
    He was already ejected from the first game and that contact which was barely a touch does not and can not justify a punishment THIS severe.
    Oh and the referee made a super-bad call on that play, how about a fine? No? Bah!

    • K says:

      Okay and it’s a BS call based on what; your lame a— opinion? When as any punishment decision from the NBA been based on a fans opinion! Hell if they depended on the fans for that, hell the only teams that would be left is that fans favorite team! How would that work out regarding competition?

  30. UGA says:

    Ok lets be real you do the crime you do the time if that had Josh or and other Hawk you all would be saying it was intentional. Also no one respects sore losers we dont have rondo or allen and sooooooo. We are missing an Allstar Center but still they still came out and step there game up stop living in the past talking what yall done in the past New Season new Chance. Be real with yourself the game was over

  31. Seaun says:

    i’m a Celtics fan. It’s fair. I’m just glad it isn’t two games. He bumped him on purpose. Looks like he was really frustrated. Either way. We still have a team and most definitely a great chance of beating them tonight. They just need to regroup and play ball. Who’s afraid of the Hawks? lmao. All these posts about the Hawks beating the C’s are hilarious because none of you are probably fans of the team. We’re still in the race.

    • CroCeltcs says:

      Yes! We win Game 2 and overtake control!

      • Davon says:

        AGREED, CRO…..CELTICS ARE SUPREME……ONE THING U GOTTA DO IN LIFE IS SHOW UP…..AND THATS EXACTLY WHAT THE C’S ARE GOING TO DO TONITE, ONLY DIFFERENCE IS WE GOTTA PLAY HARDER W OUT RONDO….ALL YEAR WE BEEN DOUBTED, AND WE RIGHT HERE…….BOSTON, BABY….BOSTON

      • Spisgrl says:

        True….Rondo was out a couple games when he was injured in beginning of year and we still brought it! You hawks can cheat as much as you want, won’t matter!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Rajon Rondo says:

    I just wanted to hump him.

  33. Marco Polo says:

    i suppose that Rondo didn’t intend it

  34. denis_hawk says:

    In my opinion the Hawks are better than the Celtics nowadays with or without Rondo. Don’t forget we played almost all season with no Horford on the 5 position and we managed to win 40 games. Don’t forget we are playing without Pachulia right now too. In spite of that, we won game 1 and I believe Atlanta will win this series. The Hawks have improved this year a lot and Josh Smith has reached maturity, so we are much more dangerous than before.
    The Celtics made a big mistake when they didn’t go for the home court advantage. Right now, they’re in quite difficult situation.

    • Spisgrl says:

      Ya….you are exactly right…..thats why they C’s already beat them multiple times this year…..get a life!

  35. Hawks fan from overseas says:

    I think the ultimate playoff game, is when both teams are at there strongest. so i’d prefer no suspension. But what he did broke the rules, so something had to done, i rather see rondo play, so C-fans has no excuse when hawks win, but i guess we never can get a respected win now. and i think rondo sees his wrong, if rondo wanna be the pro most people think he can be, he most be cool and proffesionel. i hope the series gonna be full of great basketball, and fun compettivness.

  36. Money says:

    Gosh, what the hell is Stern thinking? If he is going to suspend all star players like Rondo, less people will go to watch games, which means that less tickets will be sold, which means that league will loose quite a sum of money and everyone knows, that Stern only cares about money.

    • Spisgrl says:

      The id***s already lost fans, money, etc. with that supid lockout and short season. Then they hired the cheapest refs they could find to call the games. The whole season hasn’t been that fair…..while stop now!

      • K says:

        If you feel that way then stop supporting the league! Stop watching the games or purchasing anything that would help this league to profit! Professional sports is like a drug and although you’ll bi—- and complain I’m sure your be watching another game sometime this week!

  37. zarnelmejia says:

    this is stupid!! that was unintentional contact.. its a conspiracy against the celtics!!

  38. brendan says:

    anyone who says that it should have been a jump ball is kidding themselves. it was a clear foul. and no matter what mistakes a ref makes they have an incredibly tough job to do making split second decisions that can change a game. the last thing they need are players who think they know best blatantly trying to intimidate them.

  39. AnGeL says:

    Haha You guys are weird , I’m not a celtics fan or hawks fan. In fact i support Knicks and Pacers. But why argue about refs? everyone makes mistakes , if u complain so much why don’t you go ref in the NBA yourself and see how hard it is to keep an eye on some of the best players in the best league this world has to offer. So quit your crying and enjoy the sports.

    • UGA says:

      Ok lets be real you do the crime you do the time if that had Josh or and other Hawk you all would be saying it was intentional. Also no one respects sore losers we dont have rondo or allen and sooooooo. We are missing an Allstar Center but still they still came out and step there game up stop living in the past talking what yall done in the past New Season new Chance. Be real with yourself

  40. Tim says:

    Anyone who thinks it’s clear that Rondo intentionally bumped the ref is probably biased to believe it. Those who think he clearly had no intention to do so are also biased also. There is very little clarity as far as his intent, only because he tripped first. The league definitely made a bad call. As someone else wrote ‘rules are rules’. In this case, intent was part of the rule which would require a suspension. It was too ambiguous to call either way. That said, I’m not surprised by the suspension. If Rondo wasn’t such a notorious hot head the league probably would have let it slide.

    • K says:

      Wrong! The league had no other choice but to suspend him! You let this slide then how can you ever enforce this rule again? Rondo’s actions, his past history; coupled with the rule, got him this much deserved suspension!

      • Peter M. Arel says:

        K, please read my posted comments which agree with yours.Yes, you’re right, the rule must be enforced;because
        if it’s not it becomes a joke! RONDO DESERVED THE SUSPENSION. AND IF HE RETALIATES AGAINST A T-FOUL
        CALL MADE BY A REFEREE-AND IN A SIMILAR MANNER THAT MAKES NEGATIVE HEADLINES FOR HIS TEAM
        HE SHOULD BE TRADED OR RELEASED UNCONDITIONALLY!

  41. ferdiboy says:

    ejection was enough punishment for what rajon did that was just a slight bump.suspension is too much,c’mon guys were on playoffs,what will you expect form the players.

    • K says:

      You expect them to follow the same rules they’ve been following all season long! You contact a referee you get to sit!

    • Peter M. Arel says:

      I’LL TELL YOU WHAT I EXPECT FROM MY PLAYERS IF I WERE A COACH ON ONE OF THOSE NBA TEAMS!
      I’D EXPECT MY GUYS TO STAY COOL AND NOT FLY OFF THE HANDLE! I’D TRADE AWAY ANY PLAYER WHO
      DIDN’T KEEP COOL DURING A GAME(OR RECOMMEND THAT HE BE TRADED AFTER HE WAS THROUGH
      SERVING HIS SUSPENSION)! RONDO DESERVED WHAT HE GOT FOR HIS CONTACT WITH A GAME OFFICIAL!
      THE NBA DOES NOT NEED TO HAVE ITS PLAYERS ACT LIKE DENNIS RODMAN CLONES!

  42. CELTICPRIDE says:

    Don’t worry Celtics gonna win game 2…

  43. Ace says:

    Big Celtics fan but Rondo has to take responsibility for his actions. If there was a ‘trip’ or whatever else his excuse is, it is really irrelevant. If you get that close to a referee, especially when you’re obviously not happy with that referee, you run the risk of something happening, and if it does there are going to be consequences. Got no problems with the suspension. Rondo has let his team down by not showing greater self control. He should never have put himself in a position for this to happen, especially in a playoff game. The C’s don’t have homecourt, don’t have Ray Allen and now have to fight back from 0-1 against the Hawks without their best playmaker. Stupidity by Rondo and he should know better, he’s been in the league long enough now to be more sensible and mature than that.

  44. chu chu says:

    he hardly made any contact with that ref….

    • K says:

      Okay the next time you get involved in a heated verbal exchange and then that person barely bumps you; think about the comment that you made on this blog!

  45. untouchable says:

    I don’t know why people are still mourning with excuses. These players who think they are untouchable better think twice before they act. Even being a star you still have rule on the court. I hope he learn his lesson…

    • CelticsBIG3 says:

      Ya right! The league would NEVER suspend LeBron if he did that! He complains endlessly when he doesn’t get calls and is never reprimanded for it.

      • K says:

        That’s because he’s never bumped an official or thrown a ball at one nut! LeBron has gotten technicals just like every other player; however, LeBron knows what lines he can’t cross when it comes to the officials. You make contact with a referee and you get the chance to take a one game vacation curious of the NBA rules! What would sports be like without rules?

  46. Plamen says:

    I don’t understand why Rondo i suspended for one game for that. It is hilarious. A fine would be more suitable.

    • K says:

      Do you know the rules? Let me help you; you make contact with an official, one (1) game suspension, PERIOD! It’s the rule!

  47. Lol says:

    Try handing the Hawks this series all you want, it’s not gonna happen. Celtics have already faced enough adversity and can power through it.

  48. boom says:

    I personally love Rondo, but although he did trip on someone’s foot, he clearly extends his chest when he bumps the ref and that’s an automatic technical.

  49. aC says:

    1st tech – Rondo deserves it
    2nd tech – very fast and questionable, but still, he got it

    Now, 1 game suspension? Not a great call. He already have 2 techs and got tossed in Game 1.

  50. Go Celtics says:

    Think the right call was made by the officials. Cant bump a ref no matter how horrible he’s been. Having said that why shouldnt the NBA filter the best refs for playoffs??!! I’d like Rondo to stay arrogant but wise :)..Celtics still have a chance..go Celtics!!

  51. It Is What It IS says:

    If it was you arguing face to face with somebody and they don’t even trip but stumble and not try and catch his-self like a normal human would but extend his chest until he hits the ref and walks off…obviously intentional. And stop crying over one game if the hawks do so happen to win and make to 2-0 theirs still not 1, not 2, not 3, but 5 games left. at least he AND ray is going to return unlike bulls fans who was actually had a pretty good shot at a ring this year and now know “IF” they finish off the 76ers aren’t going anywhere in round 2. And Rose did nothing but play good basketball and was hit by not just some regular old injury but a possible career altering injury. Likewise to knicks fans/team who barely had a chance due to the stars poor play throughout they season which seems to be riding over to the playoffs just lost their hope by the same injury the same night and is already down 2-0. Just think if it was regular season he might of got more then just one game for physically taking out some of his anger on an NBA official. That court was full of grown men who all knew the rules. they been playing this sport for years, its their job. And even if the call was bad it was a 2 possession game with more then enough chances to at least tie it up with propose use of defense and fouling.better lose with your all-star playing with a buzzer beater 3/2 then a 9 point game because he got upset.

  52. louie says:

    not fair! its about the finals! then that referee should be suspended too!!!!!!!!!

    • K says:

      Suspended for what; for making the correct call? Everything about that play was done correctly and you would know that if you knew the rules! Big ups to Marc Davis for stepping up and taking care of business!

  53. BCfan says:

    I am a Celtics fan and when I watched it in slow motion I agree it was intentional. Though I dont like the fact that Rondo is suspended I think it was the right decision…the trip only got Rondo closer but he extended his chest to complete the contact.

    In addition, I think the league should have a chat with the ref…he is known to be incompetent. They should fix that.

    I think the Celtics team will come together and win game 2 for Rondo who I am hoping has learnt his lesson and will also step up in game 3.

    Go Celtics…!!

  54. Ted says:

    Oh, poor cry baby Celtic fans. Its the rule, its intentional, are you blind or something? He tripped and then after that, he bumped the ref. So stop whining and deal with it. You aint making it out of the first round anyway.

  55. fmmoreno says:

    Its unfair to Rondo, dont deserve suspension

    • K says:

      Get off Rondo’s jock! The suspension was warrant by rule; Rondo knew it was coming! Stop felling so sorry for this knucklehead – he needs to grow the hell up!

  56. celtics4life says:

    Win or lose…Iamceltic…forlife….from all those funny youtube moments in their lockeroom ..from sad news about the injuries….and now a game suspension…im definitely sure they can overcome any adversities…

  57. NYKS says:

    Boston will win Game 2 and take home court. ATL doesnt stand a chance even without rondo

  58. nyehehe says:

    yup, that chest bump was as accidental as Metta’s elbow. :p

  59. Hlbeen says:

    the ref is so freaking stupid with his BALDSELF… they took it too far I JUST CAN’T BELIEVE IT!!!!!!!!!

    • K says:

      The only stupid thing about this whole things was Rajon Rondo’s actions, PERIOD!

  60. Taj says:

    Davis should be lucky Rondo only bumped him. I would’ve probably punched him in the face

    • Mike says:

      and you are lucky not playing the game or people will think a mad cow is running on the court.

    • K says:

      Yeah and Davis would have probably wiped the floor with both you and Rondo! Mark Davis is just as tall and looks to be a little stronger then Rondo! I don’t know why people get it twisted thinking that these referees can’t handle themselves.

    • Peter M. Arel says:

      @Taj

      SURE. AND IF YOU WERE MERELY A PLAYER YOU,TOO, WOULD HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED FOR ATTACKING
      A GAME OFFICIAL!IT IS UP TO THE OWNERS TO DISMISS THE COMMISSIONER IF HE’S COSTING THEM TOO
      MUCH MONEY!DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH WAITING FOR THE OFFICIATING TO IMPROVE. BOYCOTT THE NBA
      IN FAVOR OF HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE BASKETBALL UNTIL COMMISSIONER DAVID STERN IS GONE!

  61. What Happened says:

    Rondo intentionally bumps the referee, therefore we should have an automatic one game suspension. Is that too much? No. He was arguing with the referee and then took one step too much. Unfortunate? Yes of course. To all of you Celtic fans. Stop crying, if you believe in your team then you shouldn’t worry about this. It is only one game. Its not an outrageous call. That being said to all of you Hawks haters… If the hawks win this series there is actually a pretty good chance that they can beat the bulls (albeit they are just a tad bit weaker) or the 76’s. So if they want to, now is their time to shine and take advantage of the situation.

  62. Judge says:

    I read all the comments from the first blog and this blog. I noticed that celtics fans are bunch of morons and lack of brain cells so they cannot understand what is right and wrong. Even if Rondo is the President’s son, he will still be suspended, he’s lucky its only one game suspension. Hedo got one for just touching the ref and its not an offensive or something that is intimidating to the ref. But Rondo’s action cannot be tolerated not in a civilized world. What surprised me was that, he got only 1 game suspension, i think he deserved a 2 games suspension. After this incident, i doubt arrogant Rondo will learn from this, Idiots has the chance to learn from mistakes.

    • Peter says:

      What you say here shows that you are, in fact, the moron.

      Rules are rules, and on that basis a one game suspension is fair treatment.

      Two is a pathetic joke.

  63. LakerFan says:

    Clearly this does not deserve a suspension, its the freaking playoffs refs!

    • K says:

      Dude this isn’t Kobe getting suspended; so why is a Laker fan making a positive remark about a Celtic player! Sounds like another band wagon fan!

  64. Jason says:

    the nba should just let go of marc davis. or this would let atlanta’s guards down considering allen and rondo are out. hopefully boston can beat atlanta.

  65. nomasabuso says:

    3 suspended games should be better, he knows the rule. that was so unprofessional . im so glad he was suspended, it should be 3 games

    • Mike says:

      I think it shoud be 9 games…Otherwise sooner or later people like him will start attacking the refs…

      • Peter says:

        Wow, rondo shoudl get a 9 game supension for barely touching an official, when Ron Artest hospitalised a player with an elbow to the head and got 7? Good work genius.

  66. nomasabuso says:

    3 suspended games should be better, he knows the rule. that was so unprofessional . im so glad he was suspended, it should be 3 games .

  67. Kas says:

    People, relax, everything is fine. C`s can beat Atlanta without Rondo, I`m sure of it. And its only 1 game, he`ll be back after that. So will Ray Ray. All Atlanta have done so far is win 1 game at home, and those who watched that game and watched C`s play during the season will understand that Atlant has a very little chance of winning this series, so relax, its way to early to panic… I mean seriously, Celtics fans, if you`re true fans, you have to believe that your team is good enough to get a championship rings, and seeing some of you running scared right know, just looks pathetic…. If you dont want your team to ever give up, you shouldnt either…

    • Celtic Fan says:

      Kudo to you Kas …… Watch the C’s fire up on Game 2. I guess it made it more interesting now cause they gave the Hawks a chance to win.

      • Rondo!! says:

        the hawk fans feel good, cuz they won a game. the refs took it away from them. c’s in 6. remember that post season when the bulls beat miami in game one and the heat one 4 straight? its like that. boston all day, more chemistry, more experience, more talent!! boston all day!!

  68. KevRock says:

    WoW!

    What was the league thinking only a 1 game suspension. Rondo deserves at least 2 games. He bumped an official. Plus he is a repeat offender. Earlier this season he threw the ball at the official and missed a couple of games. Hello, he has not learned his lesson, next time he might punch or give an accidental elbow like Metta World Peace to the official. C’mon could this be a money issue?

    • K says:

      Of course it’s about the money! You have to keep the stars on the floor. If had been a player with lesser star power this question wouldn’t even be up for discussion! Everything in professional sports is about the BENJAMINS!!!!!! That’s why it’s a billion $$$$$ industry!

  69. Bulls4Aring says:

    I hate to see him ejected and suspended but to be fair he had it coming. it was an obvious intentional gesture. I think suspending him is a bit harsh though, I think it would have been fine to fine him. I mean come on, this is the play-offs!!!

    • K says:

      Oh so it’s “No holds bar” come play-off time! Hell do what you feel! The rules you’ve been playing under all year long doesn’t apply now because it’s play-off time! The next time somebody fouls you and you don’t like it; hell kick them in the groin, it the play-offs! RULE DON’T apply; it’s the NBA PLAY-OFFS!

  70. Canadian B-Ball Coach says:

    Wow! I can’t believe so many of you are blaming this contact on a trip. Rondo totally bumped him on purpose. His team relies on him too much to pull this stunt. I have been following Rondo since his Kentucky days. I must say I am a little disappointed. With all the so called great leadership on this team , I would like to think Rondo would have a little more maturity at this point in his career. By the way, it has not been a fun year for us Raptor fans(yes there are still a few of us). We need to win big in the draft. Let’s go Anthony Davis (even though we drafted a 7 footer last year that has still not played an Nba game)

  71. To SRUFUS 28 says:

    we are yoou saying we, you dont even play for the Hawks….

  72. paolo says:

    Fair Rondo 1 gme stop Metta World War 30 game stop. That’a all folks

  73. Celtics Fan Forever says:

    I’m not happy about the suspension either because the team needs Rondo on the floor. BUT Rondo knew/knows that. HE’s playing for an opportunity for another championship and that being the case, has to exercise self-discipline as well as play well for that to happen. That said, I think the officiating this entire season has been sub-par. Obvious fouls are not called while ticky-tack fouls are. And of course, LeBron James is fouled if he’s thinking about going to the basket. (He could have earned an oscar in the first game against the Knicks.) There are only 3 or 4 refs that are professional and level-headed enough to officiate during the playoffs.

    • K says:

      Yeah until they make a call against your team that you disagree with! An official is only as good as his next call! Each time he blows his whistle it’s the 50-50 rule; 50% loves his call the other 50% hates it! Shout outs to Mark Davis for having the balls to step up an take care of business!

  74. andie says:

    And Noah didn’t get any suspension. Smh!

  75. FORTIS says:

    the NBA is a billion dollar industry and significant livelihoods depend on it. Yes Rondo should be suspended….. But.. where is the recourse for such terrible calls by referees especially at extremely crucial times in a games. Those 2 mins of fame that this referee has given himself may cost the true stakeholders of the NBA. the fans

    • K says:

      Dude how do you know that the referee is not being fine by the league? They don’t publicize their punishments, but that doesn’t mean it’s not happening. They keep that kinda of stuff in-house because they don’t want to take away from the credibility of the official or give you uninformed fans the benefit of feeling good for all of 2 seconds.

  76. chris says:

    i dont even like the celtics (i grew up in LA with magic and kareem) and i like rondo even less but it does kinda seem like rondo got the shaft on this one. to me it looks like he stumbled a little and the contact was accidental. i have been watching fewer games for a couple of years now cuz the officiating seems unreliable reducing some games to a roll of the dice. too bad. never thought id say it but … sorry rondo & the celtics, i feel for you.

    • K says:

      Dude never ever again start your comments as being a Lakers fan and then end it by feeling sorry for the Celtics! The two is like oil and water! Sounds like another band wagon fan!

  77. Chris says:

    “making contact with a game official” LOL would players get suspended for high fiving the officials too or what? what has the NBA become…

  78. rajon rondo says:

    the celtics will fight back, i am sure we will.

  79. RayAllenVai says:

    Are you kidding me? Rondo tripped!!!!! Lets just hope Pierce steps up his game and we are all good

  80. Boston7 says:

    Cmon guys, regardless of whether he should or shouldnt of been suspended, it doesnt matter anymore cause he has been. Yes, Rondo is a critical part of a winning celtics formula, but its only one game. Besides, this is what the playoffs are all about. The good teams find ways to win when the odds are against them. I’m obviously a Boston fan, but everybody knows Chicago isn’t gonna give up without Rose.

  81. Ryan says:

    Rondo the ref wasn’t KG, no chest bumps save that for highlights… OH WAIT!! you got suspended

  82. Ryan Olson says:

    I can not believe it… Obviously Marc Davis WAS A HOMER!!!!! I bet that when they take a trip down to Boston Paul will spank there sorry butts! Paul step it up a notch. 4 for 20 REALLY! When you start making shots then you might win.

    • K says:

      Great comment; whether you know it or not! For all you Celtic fans out there; there’s the rason you lost, your leading score shot 4 for 20!

  83. seriously says:

    look carefully at the video
    focus on rondo’s feet
    go on
    go on
    go on till 0:33
    TRIPPED BY REFEREE?!
    And ejected
    Why do they focus on upper body instead of lower body
    You kidding me?!

    • K says:

      Who cares! With :33 seconds left; back the hell up off the referee, don’t even put yourself in that position!

  84. gmikdelight says:

    2 straight techs?. i guess the ref was waiting to do that he wasnt even looking when he made the second. cant blame rondo, he was already mad for previous bad calls

    • K says:

      Thinking like that is why you and Rondo would have been in the showers together playing drop the soap!

  85. HERB DEAN says:

    I’m the best referee in the world!

    • Celtic Fan says:

      Damn straight … we should get you to ref all nba games.
      You will only call a foul when the player cant defend himself …..

  86. boohoo says:

    For all those saying he shouldn’t have been suspended or suspended after the playoff are morons. That is all!……….

  87. Swofford says:

    If you think rondo getting 1 game suspended for that play is fair, don’t you think MWP should get more than 7 ?

    • Peter says:

      For the garbage he pulled, he should have recieved 10 minimum. Especially with his history for violent behaviour and his mental instability.

      Rondo may have a history of reacting emotionally to plays, but he has no history of voilent behaviour. For MWP actions like this come as no surprise at all.

  88. Basketballfan says:

    the NBA should do something about their REFS…honestly this league has the worst REFS in the world…I am sports lover person and iam not saying i’ll do the same thing like what Rondo did…I guess its a normal humanly reaction of a basketball player doing his job to win….for some basketball is their life…no win= the end of life….bad calls =game lost..and now suspension?..if the NBA wants to teach the players a lesson….the refs should receive an equal lesson too..thats a fair justice….especially for US the people who are patronizing this league

  89. ana says:

    Nice job Rondo next time actully punch him or something
    GO RONDO!!! #1!

  90. Unbiased Jazz Fan says:

    In my opinion, the call was correct. He was grappling the other guys’ neck, it was too much for him to let go. Rondo’s behavior was also very childlike, and he deserved the first tech if he’s going to get in the ref’s face and demean him.

    He had his balance, he thrust his chest forward and hit the ref, and showed no remorse in doing so. Get over it crybabies, he did it on purpose. You know what that means? AUTOMATIC ONE GAME SUSPENSION. Stop thinking that because it’s the playoffs they can get away with things. What kind of mentality is that for a professional organization to hold? Leads down a slippery slope.

    In conclusion, this is deserved, and should be expected and accepted by all parties involved. Including the fools who are raging and sounding like complete fools. Take a step back from your biased point of view and you will see, understand and agree.

  91. Rajan Rondo says:

    The ref is an idiot, and Rondo is a bigger one,

  92. JesseO3 says:

    LOL…this years playoffs is shaping up to be totally whack.

    I am a Laker fan, and even I can see that he stumbled over the dude’s foot.

    What was he supposed to do – reach out and brace himself w him hands? Im sure that would have been even a bigger suspension. There was prolly a few inches of breathing room between all players, standing and on the floor, and that ref was right in the mix.

    The league should def review this and take into consideration that he did trip…

    This Laker fan is on your side this time, Bean-Town….totally bogus.

    • K says:

      Dude stop faking, a true Laker fan would never root for anything involving the Celtic! Your a band wagon fan at best!

  93. REALITY5 says:

    Its just terrible that Marc Davis got the out of bounds call wrong and wouldn’t review it on the monitor as Rondo was arguing. Disgraceful by Marc Davis. NBA with (i) fire marc Davis, or (ii) admit the NBA officiating is garbage

  94. greatknick says:

    told ya’ hawks go up 2-0 and sweep the series.

  95. jayson says:

    unfair…he must not be suspended for game 2…bias

  96. Yavier says:

    no rondo and allen if tha hawks lose they should feel relly bad.

  97. OMG says:

    Poor celtics they had one last chance this year for something good but now its all over for them… they r gunna be a lottery team by next season they have to rebuild their team with young players

    • steagle says:

      LOL the Celtics lose one game and now it’s all over? Dallas lost one game, is it all over for them too? And Indiana? 78% of game 1 winners go on to win the series, sure, but 22% is a pretty strong number especially for a team with the experience and depth of the Celtics. You’re a fool to count them out this early and especially after VERY untypical performances by Pierce, KG and Bradley.

    • Peter says:

      Even if they lose, why would they be lottery next year?

      1. They still have Pierce, Rondo and Bradley, Moore and Johnson under contaqct
      2. They have two first round draft picks
      3. There is a pretty good chance the KG, Pietrus and Ray Allen would resign for significantly less money
      4. They should get Jeff Green back (he has expressed a desire to return)
      5. They will have enough cap space to sign two max contract free agents

      I don’t see anyting “lottery” about that scenario!!

  98. percy says:

    it’s a shame players are always being made accountable for their actions but officials are never made accountable. There should be a penalty for officials making bad calls in situational basis especially if it changes the outcome of the game. I agree with the suspension. He did it with intent to make a point to the ref. David Stern, get some balls and make your people accountable.

    • steagle says:

      I agree, there needs to be some kind of referee oversight committee that reviews calls made in games with special scrutiny on controversial calls or calls made within the last 2 minutes of games. Referees are humans and make mistakes, there’s no preventing that, but referees also realize that they have no real accountability in terms of calls they make, so they are emboldened to be more subjective than they should. I’m not talking about Rondo’s bump specifically here, but in general, refs have so much sway over how close games pan out. Even if my opposing team gets a bad call, I feel for them. When players of this caliber work so hard to get to this level only to lose it all because of some ref’s mistake, it’s truly disappointing.

      • Peter says:

        Agreed 100%

        Every single other professional on the court can be punished if they do something wrong – Coaches and staff can be fined, suspended or ejected if that act outside of their boundaries. Obviously the same can happen to the players. Why shouldn’t the Referees (the only people OTHER then the players who can control what happens on the court) not be policed?

    • K says:

      How do you know that the league isn’t fining these guys or taking games from them? Their punishments are just not publicized in the media! Don’t mean it’s not happening!

  99. BigSam says:

    quit playin’ yourself. he pulled his elbows back, pushed his chest out and bumped him. guess what? you’re not allowed to touch the officials! it’s really quite simple.

  100. Edwin Martin says:

    Rondo did violate the rules. However too many bad calls are being made.

    • K says:

      Bad calls according to who! I think Mark Davis made a great call and I know every official in the league would have made the same call. The referees don’t have to put up with that sh—-! These players should know that by now! This is the play – offs, so now the players should understand they can’t put themselves in a position to be ejected or suspended from a game!

      • Peter M. Arel says:

        Rajon Rondo SHOULD HAVE BEEN OUT FOR THE PLAYOFFS AND A WHOLE LOT MORE! WE NEED ABSOLUTE DESPOTIC RULE IN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TO WITCH-HUNT GUYS LIKE RONDO OUT OF THOSE SPORTS
        WHEN THEY VIOLATE-AND IN SOME CASES MAKE A MOCKERY OF – THE RULES!WHICH IS WHAT THEY DO EVERY TIME A REFEREE GETS CLOTHESLINED OR HEADBUTTED DURING AN NBA GAME!

  101. Matt K says:

    I Think that the biggest losers in the suspension of Rondo is the fans. With nofansthere would be no NBA. I think that the fans should have more say in what happens in the league. Without the fans watching and going to the games and buying NBA gear there would be no sponsors, therefore no money and no league. I dont agree with the call on Rondo, but i am probly biased since i am a C’s fan. I know it was an illegal move but it is very emotional in the playoffs, especially with the condensed season and injuries. i Agree that he should be fined a substantial amount but dont punish the fans and all his teamates that worked so very hard to get this far. In Rondo’s absence, i am really depending on Avery Bradley along with the rest of the team to step it up big time. I know it will be hard but it can be done. the C’s did win the season series 2-1 so it can be done. They just have to hammer it inside and paul needs to get to the line. And steamboat needs to get some blocked shots.

    • greatknick says:

      yes you are biased Celtic fan. Rule says “any contact with the official results in one game suspension”. Better question Rondo’s attitude towards the game than blaming on ref.

      • Chris says:

        So does high fiving the ref get you suspended too?

      • RCG says:

        You are WRONG!! The 2011-2012 rule book in PDF format is on NBA.com/Officiating. Malicious contact or demonstrating, showing up or taunting refs is banned…not all contact. Lebron and Kobe woul be ejected every game if what you are saying is true…and it’s not. Players touch refs in non-threatening, non-harmful ways on a nightly basis. Know your rules before you comment or else offer your comments as what they are…biased, asinine opinions.

    • CelticsGirl87 says:

      I totally agree with you and Im a die hard C’s fan…Very well said.

    • K says:

      Dude the league isn’t making you support them! They offer a product and you choose to buy that product or not! This is basketball not the WWF! You can’t go around trying to intimidate the referees and think that there’s no consquences for your actions. Rondo wasn’t thinking about the fans or his team when he committed such a selfish act. Tweet Rondo and tell him to give you your money back!

    • Peter M. Arel says:

      THE FANS CAN HAVE MORE SAY BY BOYCOTTING THE NBA IN FAVOR OF HIGH SCHOOL AND
      COLLEGE BASKETBALL UNTIL DAVID STERN AND THE NBA GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER WHERE
      REFEREES’ CALLS ARE CONCERNED!IF A HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR GOT PHYSICAL WITH A REFEREE
      THERE’D BE HELL TO PAY(SAME FOR COLLEGE BASKETBALL)-AND THERE SHOULD BE!

  102. Edwin Martin says:

    It’s only human to get it wrong here and there. In the last few years it appears to be much more then missed calls. Either the refs are nonprofessional or crooked. Way too many mistakes are being made.

  103. Laker says:

    That B Reff should get fired for his stupid calls.

    • K says:

      Okay, so if they fire every referee that every fan thinks has made a bad call then you wouldn’t have any referees! I know let’s make this a pick-up basketball league!

  104. Cazziedawg says:

    Obviously all these Boston fans do not see the foul committed by Rondo.

  105. Cazziedawg says:

    Rondo meant to do it regardless of the heat of the moment. If you dance you have to pay the piper. Just shut and and go sit down.

  106. freewalks says:

    Same thing happened this season to Hedo Turkoglu for the Magic.. He touched the referee and got suspended for a game.. yes, decision was ridiculous.. However, Rondo should get that he is a professional player and this is NBA..

  107. cherrypopper says:

    i’m still angry for when he knocked brad miller on the mouth a couple of playoffs ago during a crucial play vs the bulls, and received just a foul :-/
    lately the NBA is finally punishing this weird player regularly, thank you very much !
    you don’t have to be a genius to see that there’s something not right in this guy’s head…

    • Peter says:

      Because he was going for the ball and it was not intentional…

      And Brad Miller decided to take it personal and be a b*ch about it. Brad Miller is a dirty player and has commited far dirtier fouls then that on people over his career.

  108. BYNUM NATION says:

    When it is all said and done Andrew Bynum will be the best all time player. Youngest to ever play an NBA game, 24 years old and a 6 year vet thats still learning every game. Both knee injuries were from other players running into his knees not body fatigue like Rose so he will hold up. The only other center that is close to drews dominance is dwight and he is having back surgery. 30 blocks this year against the best in the west Spurs, one of 3 players in 30 years to do so. A tripple double with blocks in the playoffs, first in 21 years for the lakers and only other person besides The Dream to get it with blocks in the playoffs. HE IS ONLY 24 he will bring at least 5 more championships to the Lakers in his career.

    • Peter says:

      Yeah ok…

      Any more good humour for us?

      Don’t me wrong Bynum is a talented big man and will probably have a very successful career, but best player ever? No chance. He will never achieve what guys like Shaq and Hakeem and Robinson have achieved.

      Remember Shaq averaged something like 27 Points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks in his ROOKIE year. Hakeem is quite possibly the best all-round Centre to ever play, and IIRC the only player in history to record two quadtrouple doubles (he definately had one, not 100% sure about the second). David Robinson is something like 3rd or 4th all time for the highest indiudual points ina game with 71 – I seriously doubt Bynum will ever score 71 points in a game….or even close to that.

      Bynum will be more like a 7 foot version of Elton Brand – good numbers, but not legendary.

  109. Amethyst says:

    As much as I hate to see a player suspended during the playoffs (and as much as I like Rondo), I have to agree with the ruling. He may have tripped, but he also put extra force behind the chest bump. Given Rondo’s earlier suspension for a similar infraction, this seems fair.

  110. Jason Ramroop says:

    the nba should not suspend rondo. this is the playoffs. when a star player gets suspended it make that series worst. the boston celtics are trying to make one last playoff run in the big 3 era but that is going to be very though without rondo. Rondo should be allowed to play for the rest of the playoff then face his suspension at the beginning of the next season. if celtics go down 2-0 in the series against atlanta it will be the nba commissioner fault. Im sure jeff van gunny will agree with me. this suspension better just be for game 2.

    • K says:

      Rondo should have been thinking that way before he so selfishly reacted the way that he did! If they lose this series, it’s not the commissioners faults; he’s not the one out there trying to intimidate the referees!

  111. BYNUM NATION says:

    looks like an early exit for the C’s

  112. tritchie333 says:

    Rondo chest bumped the ref on purpose, those that don’t think so I have a bridge to sell you.

  113. Layla says:

    Stupid move by Rondo..

  114. Yaniv says:

    This is a real shame. As I said before the NBA allows for “Diva Referee’s” that make the game about themselves
    and not about the competition. It was a bad call to begin with, so the least that referee could have done is let go of his
    Ego, and hold back on that rejection. Nonetheless, Boston will prevail as we always do and take Atlanta in 7.

    • Davon says:

      agreed….very much so….Celtic Supremacy

      • K says:

        I’m sure you would feel the same way if it had been a Hawk’s player who committed such a stupid act; right? Another fickled a— fan commenting from the heart!

  115. Allen Jay says:

    i think it’s unfair for rondo and the whole celtics team. i hope doc rivers can find someone who can fill the rondo’s part. he is very important to the team. and i hope ray allen can play as soon as possible.

  116. Basketball expert says:

    People now a days don’t know basketball they just choose the call my fans hawk fans are gonna see it as intentional obviously and celtic fans are gonna see it as a trip obviously where are the bball experts that actually knows the situation..?
    whether the foul was intentional or unintentional the fact that rondo got mad at the ref which caused him to trip to start all this was the reason why they suspended him, had rondo been mad but never went towards the refs direction all of this would not of happen it’s common sense. So since rondo had contact with the reff period they had to suspend him a game that’s what it is. See it by how it is I hate fan favorites -___-

    • Davon says:

      u sound foolish…no way on earth could u consider urself a basketball expert…..sound ignortant…….Supremacy equals Boston Basketball, dolt…

  117. AK says:

    This is the playoff people, no time for suspensions, what the hell were they thinking -_-.

    Even if he did it on purpose, its the playoffs! People get hyped up and competitive!

    • Peter says:

      It’s the Chris Bosh rule – never make a girl scout cry, or the boss will make you sit in the corner.

    • K says:

      So it would have been okay for Marc Davis to smack the h—- out of Rondo for getting in his face and then running up on him from behind; right? This is the play -offs! Why should the referees have to remain professional? This is the play – offfs!

  118. Samuel says:

    It was the right thing to do. You can’t allow players to follow officials and threaten them like that. Rondo is a great player but you can’t lose your control like that.

  119. stinymilovsky says:

    Definitly pushed him, stop wasting room on that argument, why didn’t Paul Pierce stop him.
    Bradley saw what was happening but he does not have the status to grab Rondo and hold him back.

  120. chewie says:

    Lucky it was only one game. Anyone not a bias Celtics supporter knew it was a one game minimum. He had the chance to admit he was in the wrong and offer an apology via the media in a post game, which may or may not have helped, but he blew it, as did Doc.
    The replays on this clearly showed the contact was intentional. The Celtics organization dropped the ball on this one, and should have handled the post game differently IMO.

  121. carlos says:

    Its not fair for Rajon Rondo, its not fair for fan and the series might be over and i hope i am wrong. What a bad call by the NBA….Paul Pierce you need to take over the game in game 2 don’t let me down you can do it Captain..

  122. kobe says:

    if u bump or shove a ref u will get suspended..cmon people..u know the rules..stop crying..

    • REALITY4 says:

      if u make several wrong calls and players are angry at you and you ruin a series a referee SHOULD get suspended..cmon kobe..u know the rules..stop crying..and using 2 periods..after every..comment..

    • JohnT says:

      I agree. Rondo let his emotions get the best of him…. He knew he was going to be suspended the moment he chest bumped the ref and got T’d off for it. He’s got to learn to be more mature and act like a leader for his team the way he’s supposed to. His heart was on its right for arguing a call that he thought was unfair (I thinks so too, it thought it should’ve been a let go) but his reaction to the initial tech call was uncalled for…..especially with a tight game on the line.

    • Rm4 says:

      An INTENTIONAL bump. He might’ve stumbled over somebody else’s feet. He deserved the technical, and an additional fine at the worst. A suspension in the playoffs? No.

      • K says:

        What does the play-offs have to do with it? So should any rules apply since it’s the play – offs? Who should choose what rules they should abide by since it’s the play -offs? Should they have a different rule book for the play – offs? Dude this is basketball and the players should know the rules of the game thei playing! I hope he enjoys his time off!

  123. JV says:

    umm…just because we voted on it doesn’t mean it was intentional or not. and at the time the ref wasn’t even looking at him. If anyone touched the ref, rondo would of gotten ejected.

  124. samson says:

    Why not fine hm rather than suspending him and making the competetion less attractive. Any player can be immotional and do stuff like this…..so he should be fined rather than the team which didn’t do anything. This time the player is fined, the team players are fined, the team is fined and above all the fans are being fined

  125. rc says:

    im no rondo fan but this is ridiculous. first im all for suspension if you touch a ref, but after some horrible calls and he accidently triped into him? cost the celtics at a chance of winning now a another game?

  126. REALITY2 says:

    So the Bulls-76ers series is ruined because Rose is injured due to the foolish condensed schedule. The Magic-Pacers series is ruined because Dwight in injured due to the schedule. The Lakers-Nuggets series is ruined due to MWP foolishness. The Heat-Knicks series is ruined due to Shumpert’s injury. And now the Celtics-Hawks series is ruined due to this??? wow

  127. Hojo says:

    All these people criticizing the refs need to open their eyes. You, seated safely on your but apart from the action have the benefit of slow motion instant replay. Refs cant stop the game every time an incident occurs, mainly because fans would complain about that too. The refs do the best job that they can with a game that gets faster every year. If you don’t like it, stop watching.

    • Peter says:

      In some cases, you’re right. Come calls are very close, and even in slow-mo are hard to call.

      Some are blatantly obvious and are clearly terrible calls, and for those type of calls referee’s should be criticised. The call in question here does not fall into that category because it was hard to see in the heat of the moment but some calls I’ve seen this year…the officials should be fined or suspended themselves.

      • K says:

        So a player should be fine for committing a turnover or missing a shot, dude please! Do you get fine or suspeneded when you mess up on your job? Bad calls are part of the game; beside most the time when you go back and review things you see that the referees get it right more then wrong!

  128. NBA rules gotta go by the rules says:

    You can see obviously by the replay you can see he stop his momentum then stuck out his chest intentional so far that reason he did got suspended which i think is the right call by Stu Jackson. Bumping a referee is a NO NO in the NBA

  129. JohnT says:

    It’s going to be tough on Boston. But honestly, I think the league officials made the right call.

    • Spisgrl says:

      I’m a big Celtics fan, but as much as I don’t like it, the league made the right call…..but ……the refs made the wrong calls which altered the game. I’d much rather see a fair win or a fair loss either way.

  130. Vlad L says:

    A fine and no suspension should have been enough. But it’s a close call.

  131. srufus28 says:

    You OLD Green fans are SAD…

    If you think this wasn’t fair. Don’t be MAD at the refs, this isn’t the 80’s when the league was fixing games for the Celtics.

    You should be MAD at Doc and your Vets for DISRESPECTING the HAWKS(We don’t need home court…HA)
    You started believing the MEDIA picked the winners…
    You forgot your team is OLD..
    You forgot the Hawks are BATTLE tested…
    You forgot we are mor ATHLETIC..
    You for got we are YOUNGER…
    You forgot that you are averaging 76.5pts in ATLANTA(Minus the scrub game) and 88 at HOME(including OT)

    Rondo isn’t the DIFFERENCE between winning and losing….You were going to lose anyway, now you will lose in 5 games instead of 6 games…. If we had a Healthy Al Hordord, you would get SWEEP.

    • Lee says:

      Lol battled tested, whens the last time Atlanta has made it out of the 2nd round… oh thats right, never.

    • Rondo says:

      rondo not a difference maker? your stupid for saying that. your in denial. it was just a bad game, and if rondo didnt play, the c’s would have lost by 20. your lucky kg and paul was off. not gonna happen, it will be tied 1-1 going into boston.

      • Peter says:

        Plus Atlanta are historically an emotionally weakteam – they tend to let down their guard when they know the opposing team is crippled, and I’ve lost count of the number of times they have let high disadvantaged teams either beat them or push them right down the wire.

        Boston are the opposite – the worse their odds are, the harder they play. Rondo being out may be the best thing that could happen to them, because they will be well aware that the need to put in 110% effort to overcome that…and especially after losing game one, there is a good chance they will come out hungry from the get go.

        Plus you really think Pierce is going to shoow 20% from the field again?

      • Davon says:

        agreed….very much so….the Boston Celtics are supreme, Period….anyone who has never played organized ball and doesn’t think people get emotional….well, those people probably can’t play ball or never have, or had their lunch money stolen from them or had to swallow to keep it….go Celtics…….yea all year,….the Celtics are old, the Celtics won’t make the playoffs…..the Celtics this, the Celtics that….AND WE RIGHT HERE…Marc Davis—-worse ref in NBA, probably didn’t get none the night b4……banner 18 coming up

    • Davon says:

      agreed….very much so….the Boston Celtics are supreme, Period….anyone who has never played organized ball and doesn’t think people get emotional….well, those people probably can’t play ball or never have, or had their lunch money stolen from them or had to swallow to keep it….go Celtics…….yea all year,….the Celtics are old, the Celtics won’t make the playoffs…..the Celtics this, the Celtics that….AND WE RIGHT HERE…Marc Davis—-worse ref in NBA, probably didn’t get none the night b4……banner 18 coming up

    • Davon says:

      battletested???? REALLY???……c’mon, man

    • Lee says:

      HAHA Game 2 battle test outcome: FAILED

  132. JG says:

    Punishment*

  133. srufus28 says:

    You OLD Green fans are SMOKING…

    If you think this wasn’t fair. Don’t be MAD at the refs, this isn’t the 80’s when the league was fixing games for the Celtics.

    You should be MAD at Doc and your Vets for DISRESPECTING the HAWKS(We don’t need home court…HA)
    You started believing the MEDIA picked the winners…
    You forgot your team is OLD..
    You forgot the Hawks are BATTLE tested…
    You forgot we are mor ATHLETIC..
    You for got we are YOUNGER…
    You forgot that you are averaging 76.5pts in ATLANTA(Minus the scrub game) and 88 at HOME(including OT)

    Rondo isn’t the DIFFERENCE between winning and losing….You were going to lose anyway, now you will lose in 5 games instead of 6 games…. If we had a Healthy Al Hordord, you would get SWEEP.

    • jake says:

      hahaha, Hawks can’t win this series. It would be a waste of entertaining basktball for the Hawks to go through, everyone knows the Hawks have 0% chance to win the championship. Where as, the Celtics, who knows…

      • hluna says:

        The hawks are gonna win the series?!? Talk about brain damage! The C’s didn’t even play the 1st half, were down by 19, and STILL had the game within 4. The ref then proceeded to hand the game to the hawks with some BS P*ssy call. And in what universe would the Hawks ever b able to sweep the C’s, ur delusional!

    • steagle says:

      You forgot the Hawks lose in the playoffs every year
      You forgot the Hawks have never been to the EC Finals
      You forgot that the Hawks are going up against a team that has won the Atlantic division 5 years straight and been to the NBA Finals twice in the last 4 years and has a former Coach of the Year
      You forgot that you are playing against 4 future Hall of Famers (well, only 2 in the next game)
      There’s a lot more you forgot, but I’ll stop there.

    • Peter says:

      Are you an idiot?

      How did anyone disrespect the Hawks? Doc would have took out his starters no matter WHO he was playing. Why? Have you even SEEN how many injurues Boston have had over the last 4 seasons? I don’t know if a singe player on that team has played every game this season. Why would they risk getting one of their start players (Piece, KG, Rond) hurt and risk losing them for the entire playoffs just for the sake of ONE extra home game.

      Think about it – the decision is a no brainer.

    • Peter says:

      You could say if Celtics had everybody healthy they would sweep you as well…what if Ray Allen was able to come in and provide much needed scoring off the bench yesterday? Could have changed the entire game.

      Also Battle tested?? Are you kidding? When was the last time Atlanta made it past the conference semi-finals? How many times have Boston made it past the conference semi-finals? HOw many times did Atlanta beat Boston this year? Yeah…thought so

    • Davon says:

      U sound real stupid, man……battle tested?? The Hawks?? Really???……state facts, not fiction…the Celtics are supreme……Period

    • Davon says:

      U sound real stupid, man……battle tested?? The Hawks?? Really???……state facts, not fiction…the Celtics are supreme……Period

    • Spisgrl says:

      LOL….you must be from Atlanta cause your in a fog…lol
      The C’s bench can beat the Hawks on any good day. Just wait until they actually put some play in the game….Hawks are going to have broken wings!!!!

    • K says:

      Dude come down, it’s only the first game!

    • RCG says:

      It’s hard to find credibility in a comment when you can’t even read it because of poor spelling, bad grammar and even worse opinions. Dude is supposedly a Hawks fan but cant even spell Horford’s name correctly.

  134. JG says:

    The punish is not decided by whether how much the team needs him to win, whether is the playoffs or regular season, or whether he meant it or not (afterthought really), it’s in the rules…

    If Hedo got suspended why not Rondo. Deal with it and grow up.

  135. nick says:

    What?!?!? rondos shoe hit the refs shoe and e tripped

    • K says:

      You keep believing that! Listen, I’ve got some swamp land in Florida I’m trying to sell; would you be interested?

  136. Kristyn says:

    R u freakin kiddin me? He deserved 2gms, Rondo is arrogant & has a hot head against refs. This is his 2nd offense in the past TWO months. Tripped my a**. He meant to bump him evidenced by him going after him clapping his hands & berating the ref. the league showed their true colors on this

    • Jhats says:

      haha you’re joking yeah i know it was extremely intentional but come on this is playoff basketball its intense kristyn a suspension is too much

    • VJ says:

      So you are saying this is 2/7 as bad as Artests elbow? You seem not to have a sense of logic. Keep your comments to yourself Kristyn.

    • hluna says:

      rondo’s reaction was justified, if that moron had made the right call none of it would have happened. Rondo has reason to be arrogant!

      • someguy says:

        The call was debatable and not the only call deciding the game. The announcers went over a call earlier in the game that should have been an and one for the Hawks, but it was ruled an offensive foul. That could have been three points right there. If the Hawks had lost, would that have been the game deciding call? Please. Also, from the way that you used it, I don’t even think you know what arrogant means.

      • K says:

        That moron did make the right call! If you knew what constituted a jump ball (simultaneous possesesion), then you would know that he got the call right! Learn the rule book first before you start trying to comment on whether a referee got a call right or wrong!

    • Spisgrl says:

      You are right Kristyn, Rondo is a bit arrogant. Duh….have you seen him play? He’s freaken awesome! But he isn’t as arrogant as James, Wade, ,Bryant or “WorldPeace”…..give me a break!! They are all great players, but Rondo doesn’t shove it in everyones face. The C’s had a chance to win that game and even if they lost, I would much rather see a game won or lost by the players, not the refs!

  137. 4lyfe says:

    For the past few years the NBA has become seriously questionable…. its only a matter of time before the release by the government showing large frauds that are occurring within the organization. Be ready… this is only the beginning.. Stupid refs ruing the game… we arent watching you..ffs make the right calls, and none of this would have happend!

    • K says:

      He made the right call! If you knew the rules, you would know he made the right call! Look up the word SIMULTANEOUS POSSESSION in the rule book; that’s what you need to have a jump ball!

  138. build_up says:

    mark davis is a scrub. terrible official. calling out of bounds on rondo when it was clearly off smith changed the game.

    • Imagodei says:

      It is situational not automatic, otherwise Bradley would have been suspended for “intentional contact” too.

      People touch the officials all the time intentionally without getting suspensions.

  139. ATL Fan says:

    I dont think people understand that it is a league rule that intentional contact with an official is an automatic one game suspension. The debate was whether he tripped, or did it on purpose. If you look carefully, he stumbles then leans into Davis. Clearly intentional.

  140. olive august says:

    I’m a die hard Celtics fan, and I knew he would get one game. We’re lucky he did only get ONE. That being said, Pierce, KG, and Bradley have to step up in a big way and take game 2, or I think this series goes to the Hawks. It is a shame. I hope they can pull together and overcome Rondo’s suspension, and Ray’s injury…

  141. glyalith says:

    You guys are blind if you can’t see him chest bump the ref weather he was tripped up or not he should not have stuck out his chest. Also as a professional basketball player that makes millions and is the star of his team he should have not even put him self in that situation or been that close to a ref where he could touch him. Sorry that you guys feel like it’s not fair but those are the rules and the players know it.

    • dd def says:

      you have to think about which is more important, the first game in the first round and some unfortunate and questionable calls, or keeping your cool and being the leader you’re expected to be for your team, which includes making sure that you’re going to be there leading them into the battle, not sitting out with a suspension for a letting your emotions get the better of you. best of 7, not single elimination.

      • Peter M. Arel says:

        IT’S TIME FOR THE BOSTON CELTICS TO CROWN A NEW LEADER AMONG THE PLAYERS(PREFERABLY ONE
        WHO WILL KEEP HIS COOL UNDER PRESSURE UNLIKE RONDO)! YOU DON’T LEAD YOUR TEAM BY SITTING
        OUT A 6-GAME SERIES UNDER A SUSPENSION! THE CELTICS NEED TO TRADE RONDO IF THEY HAVE
        ANY MORE TROUBLE WITH HIM!

  142. JG says:

    That’s what you get for chest bumping a referee. They clearly took their time to look, as did all. He did trip but then went chest first towards a referee claiming “momentum”, next time put your hands forward and play it right, fool.

    • Rareair says:

      Tru dat!

    • For Real? says:

      The punishment for MWP came first and the League felt they had given MWP an appropriate punishment. Then Rondo’s incident happened. Whether it was intentional or not, the league felt some punishment needed to be dealt or else every player would be using “it was an accident” as an excuse. The lowest punishment the league could deal out, other than :41 sec ejection, was a one game suspension. I am a Celtic fan and Rondo should not have put himself in that predicament. To the league it only matter whether it was intentional or not when dealing out the punishment, one game or more. If the incident with Rondo had happened before the incident with MWP, I hope the punishment for MWP would have been at least 10 days, if not the rest of the post season. He not only elbowed the guy but was ready to fight after it all happened. Also the league, I believe tried not to sway the championship by keeping MWP out too long and by keeping Rondo only out one game, the Celtics still have two games with him where they can still steal home court advantage from the Hawks.

  143. Alex says:

    I think that just a fine would have been just enough in this case. Now celts have no chance to win this series…too bad.

  144. Rondo says:

    I didn’t mean to bump him, I was just flexing my pecks.

    • Antwon says:

      Yu still the best player with Allen , KG, and Pierce. Can you bring us to the Championship this year. This is our year.

  145. even says:

    i dont think he should be suspeneded…i mean players fight with each other and just push each other on purpose and sometimes they dont get ejected…i think just a techinical should do it no need for suspension just a fine will do

  146. REALITY says:

    The referee Marc Davis and the NBA are ruining basketball…what a shame

    • usmaine says:

      Let us forgive Marc Davis. He just want to test how good the Celtis are. NBA is not a fair place, you can see that. Nomatter how terrible the officials are, NBA mkae them always right. What a shame.

    • slider821 says:

      Um…Let us not forgive Marc Davis. I’m not a Celtics fan but he threw that game with two horrible calls at a crucial turning point in that game and forced the league to punish Rondo due to the rulebook… He is a horrible ref and gets way too emotional during the game and makes bad calls down the stretch.
      He loves to punish players and call baby fouls…remember OKC v DAL last year game 3? He made the same call…loose ball foul when it should have been a jump ball. He shouldn’t be reffing playoff games…leave that to the professionals.

      • hluna says:

        Ur right! Marc Davis just handed that game to the hawks….but the way i see it the celtics didn’t even play the 1st half, so imagine how bad they’re gonna crush them when they play and entire game with or with out decent refs!

      • Hmmm says:

        Correction one bad call, the second one was a good call

    • Bird33 says:

      I don’t really care what the rule says – I expect to see fairness – specifically the punishment meet the crime. I expect Mr. (I’ll call him Commissioner when he starts performing like one on this issue) Stern would also agree that the punishment should meet the crime. That being said, can someone please explain to me what “severity scale” does the league office use? For example, if Rondo’s suspension is a 1, then that makes what Ron Artest did 7 times worse. Hmmmm….I realize an official was involved in one circumstance but still….Artest hit Harden right behind the ear….I think the possibllity of actually killing another player should perhaps be a little higher on the scale than a “7 times worse than chest bumping an official” (who was blowing the game in the first place. Hmmmm…..who could stand up and answer what the fans really want to know and hear from the inner office of how this rating scale works……Stu? Are you there, Stu? Talk to me, Stu.

      • Andre says:

        It’s NBA. Bowen get no suspension for elbowing Nash while Amare and Diaw got a game for leaving the bench. We have to deal with that. Stern is terrible when it comes to discipline.

  147. mohamed says:

    its not fair Rajon Rondo got suspended he got tripped , the NBA should look more clear .

    • RayAllenVai says:

      IKR this is a waste of time…. if World Peace got 7 games, there is no way this can be 2!!!

      • dd def says:

        it’s only 1, but still. i don’t think a 1 game suspension is too steep but 1) the trip (as pittiful an excuse as it is) should be looked at. although it didn’t seem to try too hard to catch himself before contact was made. and 2) definately in perspective to MWP’s miniscule 7 games for intentionally throwing a ‘bow, it seems a little scewed.

      • sauce boss says:

        I think the unishment is fair becuse rondo clearly had aggressive behavior towards the official. Although the chest bump is what got him in trouble he should have accepted the call the ref made and moved on with the game. If someone wants to be a great player he must learn to control his emotions and think before he acts. He did something stupid and now must pay the price. I personally would not suspend him just because it is the playoffs, and I hate to see such a key player be absent.

    • cottonBall says:

      The reason he tripped was because he stepped on the referee’s foot. He should not be that close to the referee while knowing that the rule of touching a referee will cause you to be ejected and have a one game suspension. This was clearly on Rondo no matter which way you look at it.

    • Mikey says:

      Rondo should be suspended for the entire series or at least 2 games. Without even touching the ref he got all in his face. I love basketball but unfortunately the nba is full of a bunch of monkeys who don’t know how to act.