Doc Rivers ‘Disappointed’ With NBA’s Suspension of Rajon Rondo for Bumping Referee Marc Davis


Doc Rivers 'Disappointed' With NBA's Suspension of Rajon Rondo for Bumping Referee Marc DavisThe Celtics will have their work cut out for them in Game 2 of their first-round series with the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.

The C's will be without their point guard — and arguably their best player — as Rajon Rondo has been suspended for one game for "making contact with a game official" in Game 1, according to the NBA.

“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."

Rondo was ejected late in Game 1 after bumping referee Marc Davis after Davis called a foul on Celtics forward Brandon Bass.

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.

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