Rajon Rondo will be serving his fourth suspension of the past 12 months tonight against the New York Knicks for making contact with an official during the third quarter of the C’s win against the Hawks on Saturday night. You can view video of the bump by clicking here.
Rondo was not whistled for a technical foul during the exchange with the official (how bad was that offensive foul call BTW?) but the league announced Rondo was not only suspended for the impact, but “failing to cooperate with the league investigation.” What does that mean exactly? We can only speculate, but whatever the case, it’s a bit inexcusable for the point guard if there was a way for this suspension to be prevented.
Either way, given Rondo’s track record, he probably lost the entire benefit of the doubt after his lack of cooperation and the suspension was handed down. Luckily, with Avery Bradley back, the C’s are much better positioned now to handle a Knicks backcourt, which is missing their own starting point guard Ray Felton.
Look for Jason Terry to get the start tonight alongside Avery Bradley, and perhaps Leandro Barbosa will get dusted off for some meaningful rotation minutes to help jumpstart the team’s second unit offense. We’ll find out more when we hear from Doc in the pregame tonight.