Rondo hit with two-game suspension

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Rondo hit with two-game suspension

WALTHAM A league source has confirmed that Rajon Rondo will be suspended for the Boston Celtics' next two games for an incident in the second quarter of Boston's 95-83 loss on Wednesday.

Rondo, who will lose 100,000 per game in lost wages for the suspension, will not be in uniform for Friday's game against Portland and Saturday's game at Milwaukee.

This will be Rondo's third suspension in less than nine months, which is unusually high.

Also, Brooklyn's Gerald Wallace was been fined 35,000 and Bostons Kevin Garnett have been fined 25,000 for escalating the altercation. Kris Humphries, whose foul on Garnett sparked the altercation, was not penalized.

Rondo, speaking to reporters prior to the suspension being announced, said he was not concerned about how his past suspensions would impact the NBA's ruling on Wednesday's scuffle with Brooklyn's Kris Humphries.

"Yesterday's action were completely different from the other two, I believe," Rondo said.

He's right.

On Feb. 19, he was suspended for two games because he threw a basketball at an official during a game against the Detroit Pistons.

And during the Celtics' playoff series in April against the Atlanta Hawks, Rondo was suspended for Game 2 of that series after bumping official Marc Davis in Game 1.

The two-game suspension certainly seemed less than what many expected, especially when you consider the incident spilled into the crowd and according to lead official James Capers, was "initiated" by Rondo.

While there's never a good time to have one of your key guys out of the lineup, Rondo's suspension will give him three days off before embarking on a stretch of three games in four nights.

Highlights: Devin Booker puts up 70 points but Celtics get the win

Highlights: Devin Booker puts up 70 points but Celtics get the win

Highlights from the TD Garden as Devin Booker had a historic performance where he scored 70 points, but it wasn't enough to get the win over the Celtics.

Thomas on Suns: 'We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery'

Thomas on Suns: 'We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery'

BOSTON – Stacking wins on top of wins is the mindset of the Boston Celtics right now, so the players who did speak to the media following Friday’s 130-120 win over Phoenix drove that point home emphatically.

But inside the locker room, it was unusually quiet, the kind of silence you expect following a loss.

Considering how the Celtics’ defense was absolutely thrashed by Devin Booker’s franchise record 70 points, there’s no question at a minimum the Celtics’ pride overall was stung.

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And when Suns coach Earl Watson began calling time-outs and having his team commit fouls at the end of the game, there’s no question it rubbed a few Celtics the wrong way.

“I don’t think anybody has ever seen that; continuing to call time-outs, continuing to foul when we are up 15. But I mean, it was obvious what they were trying to do. They were trying to get him (Booker) the most points possible. Hat off to to him (Booker). He played a hell of a game.”

Following the game, Watson defended his late-game decision making.

“Calling time-outs at the end kept the game close,” he said. “It’s basketball; I’m not coming to any arena to be liked. If people don’t like us while we build … so what? Do something about it.”

The Suns (22-51) never came any closer than 10 points, which was the final score margin.

Al Horford acknowledged that there was some aggravation following the game.

“You can be frustrated when somebody is doing that to you,” he said. “It’s not to one guy, it’s to the team so I think we’re probably more aggravated at ourselves, at least personally I feel that way. I probably could have done a little better, maybe done some different things to prevent it. We got to give him credit, 70 points, I don’t care it’s 70, he got 70. It’s impressive.”

But there will be some inside the Celtics locker room and among their fan base, who were bothered by the Suns’ late-game actions which seemed more focused on Booker getting numbers than anything else.

When asked about being disrespected by the Suns’ late-game strategy, Thomas wanted no part of that conversation.

“It is what it is,” Thomas said. “We won the game. We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery.”

 Boom!