Rondo suspended by NBA for game vs. KnicksNBC: Ferry turned him in


Rondo suspended by NBA for game vs. KnicksNBC: Ferry turned him in

NEW YORK Just when it seemed the Boston Celtics were finding their way, they once again suffer a self-inflicted setback.

Rajon Rondo will be suspended for tonight's game against the New York Knicks for bumping into an official in Boston's 89-81 win over Atlanta on Saturday, and then failing to cooperate with a league investigation into the incident.

Maybe it's something in the Georgia air that brings this out of Rondo, who was suspended after bumping an official during the playoffs last April against the Hawks.

This will be the third time in less than a year that Rondo has been suspended, feeding into the naysayers who believe the talented playmaker isn't quite ready to lead this team due to the unusually high number of suspensions he has had to serve.

There's never a good time for such an incident to happen, but the timing of this could not be any worse.

The C's put together back-to-back wins with a stretches of stifling defense, the kind the Celtics have been known to provide in the past.

Tonight's game against the Knicks was seen as a litmus test of sorts as to how this improved defense with Rondo and Avery Bradley leading the defensive charge in the backcourt would fare against the league's best group of 3-point shooters.

With Rondo out, look for Courtney Lee or Jason Terry to get the start along with Bradley.

Subban replaced in second period, Bruins lose to Wild, 5-0


Subban replaced in second period, Bruins lose to Wild, 5-0

BOSTON – The Bruins had to feel like things would go badly for them with both of their usual goaltenders on the shelf against the Minnesota Wild.

That’s exactly what happened with Malcolm Subban getting pulled in the second period for the second time in his two-start NHL career, and the Bruins ultimately falling by a 5-0 score to the Wild at TD Garden. Subban lasted a tad more than 30 minutes in this game, but looked shaky in allowing two goals in a span of 12 seconds to Minnesota as they took control early in the second period.

Weymouth native Charlie Coyle floated a spinning, surprise shot through the glove hand and leg pad of a slow-reacting Subban, and Chris Stewart followed by roofing a shot while all alone in front following the ensuing face-off.

Subban made a nice save on Marco Scandella to temporarily stop the bleeding, but was pulled from the game when Ryan Suter beat him low to the glove hand with a power play strike midway through the second. Subban was pulled after giving up the third goal of the night, and Zane McIntyre was ostensibly better even if he allowed a Jason Zucker deflected shot past him to give the Wild an insurmountable four goal cushion.

The Bruins tried to rally for something in the third period, but there wasn’t much going on after the shaky defense and subpar goaltending knocked all the wind right out of them. Jason Pominville scored late in the game on a rebound goal to round out the scoring. The scary part is that Tuesday night’s loss to the Wild represents the first of six games against worthy opponents that made the playoffs last season, and there’s no hint of when Tuukka Rask or Anton Khudobin might be ready to return.