Boston Celtics starting point guard Rajon Rondo allowed his emotions to get the better of him on Sunday night and gave into frustration during the third quarter of his team’s loss to the Detroit Pistons; which will result in the club’s floor general earning a two game suspension. The “Boston Globe” and “ESPN.com” reported on Monday that the Celtics guard was given a two-game suspension by Association Vice President Of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson, after Rondo threw a ball at referee Sean Wright hitting the game official in the chest in the game’s third quarter. Rondo believed that he was fouled during a play in the period and when no penalty was called he displayed his anger by throwing the ball at Wright’s chest while the official’s hands were raised. He was immediately ejected from the contest for the first time in his NBA career.
The veteran guard will miss Monday’s game as Boston travels to Dallas to face the Mavericks and will sit out again on Wednesday as the Celtics travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder. The Celtics have lost their last three games and are now 5-5 in their last 10 contests. They go into Monday night’s game with a record of 15-15 and have a 1-5 mark playing teams in the Western Conference so far this season.
Celtics bench boss Doc Rivers told reporters that he actually missed the incident that got his point guard the two game suspension. Rivers said “I don’t want anyone to get thrown out of a game, but he did. I didn’t see what happened, so it’s tough for me to make comment on it. I was actually looking down at a sheet of paper, so I missed it.”
Boston reserve guard Avery Bradley will most likely be called upon to get the start in Rondo’s absence.