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Your Morning Dump… Where Rondo says he tripped

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"Obviously I was upset about the call," Rondo said. "I said some words to Marc. I deserved the first tech. As I was walking, I thought he stopped. My momentum carried me into him. I even think I tripped on his foot. I didn’t intentionally chest-bump him. But that’s what it appears to be."

This is how the rule is worded according to the NBA:

"Any player or coach guilty of intentional physical contact with an official shall automatically be suspended without pay for one game. A fine and/or longer period of suspension will result if circumstances so dictate."

Asked whether he was concerned about getting suspended, Rondo said, "It’s out of my control. Obviously I want to be therefore my teammates. But other than that I have no control right now."

Rondo said that coach Doc Rivers told him to keep his composure and his teammates told him the same thing.

"They all thought I was obviously in the wrong," Rondo said. "It may seem like I bumped him, but like I said, I didn’t intentionally chest-bump him. I know the rules. Like I said, my momentum carried me into him. I thought he stopped."


Rajon Rondo is telling a half-truth. He did trip on Marc Davis' foot. But the chest bump was not a result of the stumble, it was an intentional move.

I don't want to over-analyze Rondo's body language/movements but… if he truly lost his balance to the point where he collided with another person, wouldn't Rajon raise his hands to brace himself? Rondo never put out his hands. He stuck out his chest. 

Two players (Hedu Turkoglu and Robin Lopez) and Lakers coach Mike Brown were suspended one game this year for making contact with an official. Rondo's incident appears more egregious than the plays involving Turkoglu or Lopez. 

I believe Rondo will be suspended for Game 2. 

Related links: Globe – Bump in the road | Herald – Bump in road for Rondo | CSNNE – Rondo thrown out for bumping ref | ESPN Boston – Rondo: I didn't intentionally bump ref

On Page 2, what to do about Josh Smith.

Smith was the catalyst — "an animal," said Drew — and his line was the end product of a classic Josh Smith night. You take the bad (needless long jump shots), with the good (pretty much everything else) and it adds up to an All-Star caliber player who swung the balance Sunday night. Smith finished with 22 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists, exemplary defense and, er, a true shooting mark in the high 40s.

While you wonder if he'll ever get it on the jump shots — he talked with a straight face about "not settling" after a game in which he took 11 long 2s — the magnificence of the rest of his game tends to get lost in the teeth-gnashing throughout Philips Arena every time he tees up a J early in the clock. The Hawks were +17 with Smith on the court Sunday night and -8 in the five minutes they slogged through without him — including a key stretch to start the fourth that let Boston get back in the game.

ESPN – Smoove's moves trump Rondo's bump

You'll get no argument from me, Josh Smith played a helluva game. But Smith's Achilles heel is consistency, no? Can he really bring that effort in every game? And the Celtics defense will react.

I'm more concerned with the Hawks role players. Guys like Kirk Hinrich and Jason Collins. The Celtics cannot allow them to make significant contributions.

The rest of the links:

Globe – Early birds got the win | Fast start gets results for Hawks | Horford, Pachulia leaving big void in middle | CSNNE – Best and worst: Hawks 83 – Celtics 74 | Thrown for a loss | WEEI – How did the Celtics lose the game? Let us count the ways 

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  • paul

    First I want to call out to the Haters. Yeah, guys and gals, you showed who you really are last night. You had no sympathy for Rondo. You didn’t care about the team. You had no loyalty. What you had was a giant hate party. It’s all about being bullies for you guys. When you see Rondo, you feel like you are back in junior high, and you see that weird looking kid, and in your dark clouded mind, you see VICTIM, and off you go, pursuing the false high of lording it over someone else. Yeah. That weird kid. GET HIM!!!!!!!!
    Grow up, fools. Life is about a lot more than junior high school. It’s time you realized that.
    Clearly Rondo prevaricated, but what could one expect? He can’t very well beg for a suspension, can he? And what he said was a half truth – that’s well put. He did trip, and there would have been no chest bump had he not tripped. What’s more important, I think, is that he handled the media well. This is a guy who is little by little growing into the leadership role. He carried the team on his back last night. He screwed up at the end. He’ll learn from it.

  • CoachBo

    Barkley said it best: “He lying.”
    You want to make excuses for that, like you do EVERY single thing else Rondo does that shows what a self-centered, selfish, me-first player he is, then that tells me the same thing about you that it does about him.
    Rondo failed his team, his coaches and his fans last night. Don’t flatter yourself by assuming you’re right and everyone who disagrees with you as wrong.

  • kg215

    Yea Rondo is so “selfish” that he is one of the best passers in the league and he is a passing specialist as a pure PG. You are the perfect example of the hater that he is talking about. For whatever reason(s) you hate Rondo and love when he screws up. You would rather the team lose while he screws up than the team win with Rondo doing well. You are definitely a hater.

  • Greenies

    Rondo led the league in assists this year, definately a me first type player…. Sure he screwed up there at the end but it was a horrible call like many we had seen for most the game. I know I would of had a tough time keeping my composure with the garbage they were calling last night. Should he have blown up? No way, but people make mistakes. Give the guy a break.

  • JR99

    Yes, it will be a 1-game suspension. But the Cs are gonna come out really pissed-off, and may just clobber Atlanta tomorrow.

  • Nick L.

    I can’t believe some of you are going easy on him. Nobody hates him. But that doesn’t mean he should be let off the hook. What he did was unacceptable. He knows the rules. They all know the rules. He’s put us in a terrible spot because now we’re most likely going back to Boston down 0-2.

  • Cam

    Wow overly sensitive?
    Comes with the territory with Rondo and any other star in the league.
    KG got killed by fans when he was suspended in the Heat series a couple years ago. Pierce got DESTROYED last year when he got kicked out of game 1, people talking about how he still hasn’t matured, Jackie Mac wrote a whole friggen article about it. His offense doesn’t even compare to Rondos IMO.
    Can’t we all agree that it wasn’t a huge deal, but it was stupid, intentional and immature? I mean I don’t mind this stuff every once in a while and I understand these guys aren’t robots, but you don’t get a pass on this type pod stuff

  • Astarot

    I won’t criticise Rondo for what he’s done. He lost control (again) that’s for sure but it was the ref call that changed the whole situation, the bad call started all of this. The team is fighting to get back into the ball game and then the call, it’s extremely hard to just accept it and play with 41 sec left in the game. Rondo is Rondo you can love him or hate him. I love him as a PG and I understand that he can’t agree with that kind of calls which hurt his team. He also hurt his team with the bump and now he’s just trying to safe his ass what else he can do? Remember he was the one who carried the team on his shoulders so he had the right to be the most frustrated on the floor after the call.

  • Cam

    BTW how about the outof bounds call that started it all??
    I was watching the tnt feed, not sure if CSNE said anything about it but after it happened me and my buddy looked at eachpther and basically said “Didn’t that clearly go off them?”for it was bizarre I thought I missed something since Davis was so definitive and no replay of the call

  • Mike

    Many star players in this league have been suspended for playoff games. With the NBA rules and regulations so strict, its bound to happen in such a high intensity environment (never mind when the same ref robs your team of two possessions in the final 2 minutes of a close game).
    With all that said. No excuses for Rondo. He cost his team, and probably put them in a hole for Game 2, but that does not mean this series is automatically going back to boston 0-2. The Celtics have won without Rondo before and they can do it again.

  • It sucks of course because he’s likely cost his team an All-Star PG for an important game 2 to potentially neutralize home court. No matter the consequences, it is inexcusable and he shouldn’t let down his teammates. And for those of us trying to defend him for the last couple of years, this sucks to because it’s such a dumb and selfish move. Yes, he could talk about it better, “I need to learn from this mistake..” rather than saying he tripped.
    He played an excellent game where the guys weren’t moving around much or hitting shots, and it’s stupid to have this hurt him and the team tmrow night.
    Let’s hope the guys can rally around that before bringing it back to the Garden.

  • mollysdaddy

    Surely as fans we are upset pissed off that Rondo was ejected and is facing the possibility of suspension for a game, but these things happen in sports. Remember when Magic bumped the ref?
    How many times before Hi-Def, gazillion camera angles, you tube replays did our stars lose their composure and do something to get ejected, or would be cause for suspension now that the league can pour over it for hours?
    Pierce has done this to us.
    KG has done it.
    Players lose their composure, just like us regular folks. I’m upset about it and Rondo deserves to hear about it from his team, but I gotta let it go and hope he slides by for Tuesday night.
    Oh hey, non-Rondo Celtics only made 22 shots last night. He assisted on 11 of those. 4 steals to go with only 1 turnover. Pretty nice game if you ask me. He gave his all in an ugly game, and got overly emotional about it.
    Thanks for the effort Rajon!

  • Because the blown call happened with something like 2:12 left in the game, the rules prevented the refs from reviewing it like they would have if it happened with 1:59 left in the game. It wasn’t a hard call to get right the first time though.

  • John Rocker

    They replayed it on CSNE and it was clearly off of Smith. That was the call that really pissed Rondo off because he was involved in it. As for the bump, it was definitely intentional. He lost his cool, happens to everyone. He’s out for game 2, nothing you can do about it. Time to move on and try to steal one on the road. No need to panic

  • Alex

    I have to say that Rondo was indeed an idiot for bumping into the ref like that. It was indeed selfish and it could very well hurt the Celtics chances of getting Game 2…
    Rondo fans, you need to start showing some form of criticism on Rondo for this play or else no one will take you seriously. CoachBo, you have a really annoying hate over Rondo which makes you painful to listen to. Cut it out with your dramatic bullshit.
    As for you Paul, good job with your dramatics as well. Can the Red’s Army writers do something about these commenters. They have this unique form of trolling that just pisses a bunch of people off. The whole “suck up to Rondo completely” and “huge deep hatred toward Rondo” trolling is getting on my nerves and ruining this blog for me.

  • Unbelievable. There is nothing some of you won’t defend when it comes to Rondo. He cost the Celtics game 1 with his immaturity and erased and otherwise great individual performance. That is a fact. If they lose game 2, that’s 2 games on his head.

  • If World Peace got 7 games…Rondo deserves 7 minutes!
    Rondo deserves no suspension…it`s very clear the ref subtly caused the contact intentionally!
    The ref saw Rondo walking towards him from a couple of feet away…turns his head…makes it appear he`s about to walk to the scorers table…takes one long step…leaves his other foot behind in Rondo`s path…comes to a quick stop…knowing Rondo won`t be able to stop in time to avoid contact.

  • Paul, there’s a massive difference between hating and criticizing. I love Rondo and EVERYTHING he brings to the team in terms of his production on the court. But what he did last night was incredibly stupid. His team’s down by four with under a minute to go. The last thing he needed to be doing was giving Atlanta extra points by drawing technicals, nevermind getting himself kicked out of a game that was still in the balance. I’m not saying that the C’s would’ve won if Rondo hadn’t freaked out like that, but he definitely would’ve been in there tomorrow night. Now we have to wait and hear from Stern. It was a selfish act and he deserves to be criticized for it.

  • Manny

    Tell me how Rondo cost them when the game was pretty much over when reff gives josh smith free throws on an obvious jump ball?

  • Griffin

    For everyone blasting Rondo for being unselfish, Remember Pierce got ejected from an elimination game in 06 on the road in the playoffs.

  • James Eisenman

    Rondo lost this game with his putrid defense. Forget about his selfish tantrum. He was “guarding” nearly every player who hit an open 3 or drove uncontested to the basket. It has nothing to do with being a bully to hate that. It’s called gaving your brain connected to your eyes.

  • CoachBo

    There is no wrong that can be done in the eyes of the Rondo knob-slobberers.
    It’s pathetic.