ATLANTA The Boston Celtics may be on the verge of taking yet another hit to their backcourt, with Rajon Rondo's uncertain availability for Game 2 of their best-of-seven playoff series with the Atlanta Hawks.
In Sunday's 83-74 Game 1 loss to the Hawks, Rondo was ejected with 41 seconds to play and the Celtics trailing by four at the time.
There was a mad scramble for the ball before Brandon Bass was whistled for his sixth foul.
Rondo objected to the call, made his displeasure known to official Marc Davis and then made contact with Davis. Moments later, it was announced that Rondo had been ejected but it wasn't clear if the ejection came before the contact with Davis or after.
Regardless, the contact with Davis will be reviewed by the league office which may decide to suspend him for Game 2 against the Hawks on Tuesday.
"Obviously, I was upset at the call," Rondo said afterward. "I said some words to Marc. I deserved the first tech. As I was walking, I thought he stopped and my momentum carried me into him; I think I even tripped on his foot. I didn't intentionally chest-bump him."
The NBA will likely contact Rondo at some point on Monday to get his version of what happened before deciding on whether he will be suspended.
If he is suspended, it'll be the second time this season Rondo has had to miss time because of a suspension.
Earlier this season, Rondo was suspended for two games after he threw a basketball at an official.
"It's out of my control," Rondo said. "Obviously, I want to be there for my teammates. But other than that, I have no control right now."