Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will be suspended for Game 2 of their playoff series against the Hawks Tuesday night, the league announced. Celtics president Danny Ainge had confirmed the suspension to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com minutes before the league made it official
“Rondo has been our best player and it obviously hurts us,” C’s president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, told CSNNE.com. “Someone else is going to have to step up and make it not as painful without Rondo out there.”
Rondo was thrown out late in Game 1 when he bumped official Marc Davis after arguing a call. The league rule calls for a one game suspension for any player that intentionally makes contact with a referee. The only way it couldn’t be a suspension is if it was considered an accident, and while Rondo stumbled it is clear his bump of the official is intentional.
Boston already lost Game 1 to Atlanta and winning Game 2 without Rondo will be a challenge. The alternative for Boston is going down 2-0 in the series, meaning they would need to win four of the final five games to win the series. A tall order against a quality Hawks team.
Hawks sign two-way Tyler Cavanaugh to standard contract
ATLANTA (AP) — Rookie forward Tyler Cavanaugh, who originally came to Atlanta on a two-way contract, has signed a multi-year deal with the Hawks.
Cavanaugh has averaged 5.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in 19 games, including one start, since signing the two-way contract on Nov. 5.
Cavanaugh, from Syracuse, New York, played two seasons at Wake Forest before transferring to George Washington, where he averaged 18.3 points and 8.4 rebounds last season. He was selected the National Invitation Tournament Most Outstanding Player in 2016 after leading the Colonials to the NIT title.
Carlos Boozer went from being known as a gritty second-rounder to an overpaid defensive liability.
In some ways, that’s the ultimate success story.
Now, after playing last season in China, he’s walking away.
Boozer on ESPN:
I’m officially retired.
The Cavaliers drafted Boozer with the No. 35 pick in the 2002. After he spent a couple productive seasons in Cleveland, the Cavs declined his cheap team option to make him a restricted free agent – with an agreement he’d re-sign at a reasonable rate if you ask them, with no handshake deal if you ask him.
Boozer bolted for the Jazz, who gave him a six-year, $68 million contract. He made a couple All-Star teams and helped Utah reach the conference finals.
The Bulls are 5-0 since Nikola Mirotic returned from an injury suffered when Bobby Portis punched him in the face during a preseason practice. Mirotic and Portis are both excelling individually, and Chicago has outscored opponents by a whopping 34.3 points per 100 possessions when those two share the court.
When asked if the two former combatants have spoken yet, Mirotic said, “We did on the floor. We’ve always spoken because we need to have good communication.” As for whether they’ve talked off the floor, however, Mirotic was succinct in his response: “No.”
I guess Mirotic hasn’t completely moved on, though he said he did. But that’s fine. How could someone get past a teammate punching him in the face?
Importantly, this is becoming just a regular NBA problem. The extent of that practice punch was practically unprecedented. But plenty of players have loathed teammates while making it work on the court. That happens more than people realize.
Mirotic and Portis can make this their status quo – at least the on-court cooperation. I’m not convinced Chicago will keep winning like this.
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