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Monday, April 30, 2012
The NBA League Office has spoken. Rajon Rondo will be suspended for the apparent "bump" on an official in the opener of the Eastern Conference playoffs Sunday. The Hawks were up by as many as 19 points in this game and the Celtics scratch and clawed its way back into the game. With about 41 seconds to go in the game, Rondo lost his cool. While Brandon Bass and Josh Smith were fighting for a loose ball, the referee called Bass for a foul. Rondo didnt like the call and began to yell at the official. The yelling led to a technical foul and the technical foul led to a "chest bump" by Rondo. As you look at the video replay, it looks as if Rondo tripped over the heel of the official Marc Davis shoe and bumped into him. Seems as if it was unintentional, but why was he that close to him anyway. In the rule book, it states no player should touch a referee. NBA commissioner David Stern stated, "We have a hard and fast rule, unless somebody trips you and sends you into him..nobody touches a referee. Thats the propostion." With all of that mumbo jumbo, Rondo will not be playing in game 2 versus the Hawks tuesday night.