Rondo hit with two-game suspension


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.

Celtics take Semi Ojeleye at No. 37

Celtics take Semi Ojeleye at No. 37

The Celtics drafted SMU junior wing Semi Ojeleye with the 32nd overall pick of Thursday’s draft. 

Ojeleye, whom The Ringer’s draft guide compared to current Celtic Jae Crowder, averaged 18.9 points and 6.8 rebounds a game in his final season at SMU. He was considered one of CSNNE’s pre-draft sleepers. 

After taking Jayson Tatum and Ojeleye, the C’s have two picks remaining. They’ll select 53rd and 56th overall.