Rajon Rondo was suspended for Monday night's game against the Knicks for his "bump" on a referee in the third quarter of a Celtics-Hawks game Saturday night.
Well, CSNNE's Tommy Heinsohn is not impressed. At all.
In fact, he's so upset at the suspension - and the fact that Hawks coach Danny Ferry ratted Rondo out - that he's considered not talking to his kid, who attended Duke, solely because Ferry also went to Duke!
This is a classic Tommy rant, so check it out.
The Celtics season came to an end Thursday night as the Hawks took the first-round series in six games.
That stung everybody on the Celtics pretty hard in the moments after the final buzzer. But nobody appeared more upset than Isaiah Thomas, who made it clear that he poured his heart and soul into this season.
The goal now? To get better from within . . . and from the outside. That means bringing in some star talent.
Thomas spoke with reporters Friday after his end-of-season meeting with Celtics President Danny Ainge. He told them that everybody, especially Ainge, can see that the team needs a little more talent.
Acquiring it isn't easy, but having spent a season-and-a-half in Boston, Thomas doesn't see why someone wouldn't want to play for the Celtics.
There's no beating around the bush: Kevin Durant is the prized target this offseason. The Celtics appear to at least be somewhat in the picture. You can bet Thomas will do what he can to help.
The Celtics have an energetic fan base, a young team, and a load of assets. One of those assets will be determined at the lottery. And guess who will be there?
WALTHAM, Mass. – Tyler Zeller has been in the NBA long enough for teams to have a feel for what he can do on the floor.
He runs the floor. He scores in transition. He’s not a banger, but isn’t afraid to mix it up inside.
All those qualities will be on display next season.
But will he be doing them for the Celtics?
As a restricted free agent, Zeller has no idea what lies ahead for him in the NBA.
While he plans to keep an open mind about the free agent process, Zeller made it clear in his exit interview on Friday that he would not have a problem returning to the Celtics next season.
“It’s a great organization, a great place to be,” Zeller said. “So we’ll see what happens.”
Zeller, who came to the Celtics via trade in the summer of 2014 from Cleveland, has had a roller coaster of a time in Boston.
He has been in every conceivable positon with the team, from starter to key rotation player to reserve to an end-of-the-bench player.
And through it all, Zeller was able to not allow his up-and-down status affect his ability to stay ready when his number was called.
Boston’s 104-92 Game 6 loss to Atlanta was one of the many examples of Zeller being prepared to play when his opportunity presented itself.
In Game 6, the 7-foot center came off the bench and scored eight points to go along with five rebounds in just less than 12 minutes of court time.
As far as whether the Celtics want him back, Zeller said, “I would hope so. You always hope a team wants you back. I would think they would. But at the same time, when July comes around, we’ll really see. When those negotiations start. Until then, you can say whatever you want. Until then, we’ll see what happens.”
WALTHAM, Mass. – Kelly Olynyk will consult with additional doctors before deciding whether to have offseason surgery on his right shoulder.
The injury kept him out for 12 games in the regular season and he re-aggravated it in Boston’s first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.
“I felt like it was improving,” Olynyk said following his exit interview on Friday. “I had games where it would feel good, games it wouldn’t. It would get hit every game and kind of pinch, set you back. It was tough. It never felt 100 percent the whole time; it never felt 80. It’s tough going down that stretch of games. You want to be at your best when your best is needed.”
In the regular season, Olynyk averaged 10 points per game along with 4.1 rebounds while shooting 40.5 percent on 3s.
But in the six game series against the Hawks (he missed two games with the shoulder injury), the 7-foot center only scored just two points on 1-for-9 shooting.
As for surgery, Olynyk – like most of us – would much rather not have surgery if possible.
“It’s always an option when you have an injury of certain degrees,” Olynyk said. “If you can make sure it’s healthy without it, then it’s healthy without it.”
Depending on whether he has surgery will potentially impact his availability for the start of next season.
Regardless, Olynyk will do what he always does in the offseason — focus on ways to get better.
As he addressed the media, he had papers in his hand that included his stats from this season as well as other information pertinent to his offseason.
“Stuff to improve” was how Olynyk described the papers.
And as he began to elaborate, he grinned, “stuff mostly to improve.”
Like a cleaner bill of health, something that would bode well for both Olynyk and the Celtics.