Found April 29, 2012 on Boston's Bettah:

Rajon Rondo was ejected late in Game 1 and will likely miss Game 2

Thoughts I thought while coming up with excuses for how Rajon Rondo can avoid suspension in Game 2 but ultimately not coming up with anything.

  1. The Boston Celtics didn’t deserve to win that basketball game based on their offensive performance, pun intended. It was rare tonight that the Celtics appeared to have cohesive flow to their offense and they paid dearly for it. They shot 39% from the field, didn’t hit a single three ball, and just didn’t look right on offense. And yet, they could have won this basketball game and given their defensive performance after the first quarter of this game, maybe they should have. They forced the Atlanta Hawks into bad shots, trapped and pressured the ball all over the court and forced the Hawks to commit numerous turnovers. Josh Smith may have finished with 22/18, but I can’t remember a single good shot that he took all game and same with Joe Johnson. Really, what launched the Hawks was their three point shooting. They finished with 7 on 20 shots including 4 from Kirk Heinrich. That’s why this loss stings a little bit. The Celtics played so bad, and still could have won this game. They now face an uphill battle in Game 2.
  2. Celtics really missed Ray Allen tonight. All I have to do is point to that 0-11 three point stats to illustrate that, but it goes deeper than that. The Celtics could have used him in the corner for threes and just his offensive production in general. Would he have come off the bench tonight? Probably, but only because Avery Bradley is playing fantastic defense and just being a god-damned pest. It doesn’t change that fact that the Celtics got a grand-total of four point from the bench tonight. That’s simply not getting it done.
  3. If Kevin Garnett (and Brandon Bass to a lesser extent) play that bad on the offensive end again, the Celtics will get swept. Rondo was awesome at driving the lane all night and distributing to the two of them for open shots. They returned the favor by clanking a good chunk of them off the rim. together they were 11-26 from the field which doesn’t look that bad, until you remember that KG was 4-6 in the fourth quarter and 4-13 for the rest of the game. Their ability to spread the floor is the Celtics most important asset besides their defense.

Questions I still have

  1. Are Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson going to cancel each other out this series? My guess is yes. They both bother each other defensively and force each other into taking awful shots. You know what that means? Paul Pierce isn’t going to be the reason the Celtics win this series and same to the Hawks with Joe Johnson. If one of them does go off in a game, it will likely mean the other is performing similarly because of less defensive exertion.
  2. Will Rajon Rondo get suspended? Um, yes. The NBA rulebook states “Any player… guilty of intentional physical contact w/official shall automatically be suspended without pay for one game.” As I tweeted after the game, there are only two possible things that could prevent a suspension. One, the league could argue that playoff emotions got the best of him. By the way, that argument NEVER works, no matter how bad that call was, and I’m on the record of saying that it was EGREGIOUSLY bad. The second argument could be that he tripped. Hey, if I tripped while throwing my body at someone, I would use that argument too. Basically, the chances of Rondo avoiding a suspension is “not ******* likely”.
  3. How do the Celtics win Game 2? It’s simple really. Ray Allen needs come back or Keyon Dooling or Mickael Pietrus need to do their best impression of him off the bench. Avery Bradley has to create in addition to being a force defensively and KG and Brandon Bass can’t be that bad again. Really, defensively, the Celtics were impressive from the second quarter on. If they keep doing that, they should be fine on that end. They just need to put the orange ball into the cylinder basket. After tonight’s game, that might be easier said then done.

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