“Obviously, from a competitive standpoint, we are disappointed with the league's decision to suspend Rondo,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Monday, according to a tweet from Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston. “[Rondo] plays a valuable part in our team's success. We accept the punishment and will use it as a learning tool for our players."
The Celtics, playing without Ray Allen, would end up losing Game 1 in Atlanta. It's uncertain whether or not Allen will play in Game 2, but there is now a possibility that the C's will look to even the series without the services of Rondo or Allen.