Rajon Rondo from the Boston Celtics got yet another punishment. Here’s Adrian Wojnarowski with the news:
Rondo was suspended for bumping into an official in their game against the Hawks on Saturday night. Interestingly enough, he wasn’t called for a technical foul at that moment.
What’s also interesting? Rondo did not cooperate with some sort of “league investigation”. I suppose they were going to ask him about what happened at that moment? To me, it didn’t seem like there was some sort of malicious intent at the part of Rondo and it just seemed like incidental contract. In any case, he’s suspended one game and he’s not going to play the game against the Knicks on Monday night.
This isn’t the first time the fiery Boston Celtics point guard has been disciplined. Earlier in the season, he was suspended two games after he got into an altercation with Brooklyn Nets big man Kris Humphries. He was basically defending Kevin Garnett after Humphries gave him a hard foul and their altercation carried into the seats behind the basket. That suspension stopped his 37-game streak of having 10 assists or more, which tied for the second longest such streak in NBA history with John Stockton and behind Magic Johnson’s 46-game streak.
It wasn’t great timing, either, for Rondo’s suspension. The Celtics had won their last two games, beating the Indiana Pacers and the Atlanta Hawks, as they attempt to turn their mediocre season around. Boston is hanging on to the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference at 16-17.
Rajon Rondo is averaging 13.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and a league-leading 11.3 assists per game. He’s also averaging 1.93 steals per game, which is good for sixth in the NBA.