Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended one game for bumping into referee Marc Davis while arguing a call in Sunday's game against the Atlanta Hawks. The three-time All-Star will miss Tuesday night's game, the second in the best-of-seven series.
Rondo was initially called for a technical foul with 41 seconds remaining in the Celtics' 83-74 loss to the Hawks. Davis had called a foul on the Celtics' Brandon Bass during a scramble for a loose ball, then called the technical on Rondo after he argued the call. Rondo bumped Davis from behind, prompting the ejection.
Rondo, 26, was the Celtics' top performer on Sunday, scoring 20 points on 10-of-18 shooting to go with 11 assists, four rebounds and four steals. He averaged 11.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and a career-high 11.7 assists in 53 regular-season games.
The Celtics, the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, trail the Hawks 1-0 in their conference quarterfinal series. Game 2 is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start on Tuesday night at Philips Arena in Atlanta.