Rajon Rondo has been suspended for two games, according to Celtics President Danny Ainge in his interview on WEEI. Rondo was ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Nets when he got in an altercation with Nets forward Kris Humphries after Humphries gave Kevin Garnett a hard foul. Humphries was also ejected.
The Boston Celtics (and more importantly Leandro Barbosa) need to step up in order to fill Rondo’s void over the weekend. Yes, we all know the Celtics are on cruise control till the playoffs, but that doesn’t mean we should be struggling to beat bad teams. The Celtics lost to the Nets for the second time last night, and take on another weak loss after two signature wins.
I’d like the Celtics to come together and get a few wins without Rondo, then start to get on a roll when Rondo comes back from his suspension. Even though the Celtics have proven they can beat good teams, they need to prove that they aren’t too old and tired to go on a strong winning streak.
Even though Rondo’s assist streak ended, he showed some emotion by defending his teammate in KG. Although Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said he didn’t think Rondo’s actions deserved a suspension, I believe the exact opposite. Rondo started the altercation, and followed through while also making contact with an official. I thought a one game suspension was enough, but knowing Rondo’s history with suspensions, I can see why David Stern gave him two.
It seems as though a Boston-Brooklyn rivalry is well on its way to becoming historic. These two teams seem to hate each other, and there have been quite a few hard fouls in their two meetings ever. I love it, seeing as how I hate New York.
Hopefully this lights a fire under the Celtics, who haven’t been able to score or play defense consistently. They take on the Trailblazers Friday night, where Leandro Barbosa will make the start at point guard, and hopefully be as aggressive as he has been so far this season.