(ATLANTA) — The Boston Celtics lost to the Atlanta Hawks, 83-74, in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series, but that might not be their biggest loss of the night.
Celtics’ point guard Rajon Rondo was ejected from the game with seconds left in the fourth quarter for chest-bumping an official, which could lead to a suspension.
Rondo was given a technical foul with 41 seconds left in the game when he argued with official Marc Davis after Davis called a loose ball foul on teammate Brandon Bass. After receiving the technical, Rondo continued to argue and eventually tripped and ended up chest-bumping Davis. Davis immediately ejected him from the game.
“I was upset about the call,” Rondo said. “I said some words to Marc. I deserved the first tech, and as I was walking, I thought he stopped. My momentum carried me into him. I even think I tripped on his foot. I didn’t intentionally chest-bump him.”
Rondo’s ejection totally deflated the Celtics who after trialing by as many as 19 points, had shaved the lead to four. The team didn’t score after Rondo’s departure.
With guard Ray Allen’s status being unknown do to a problematic right ankle, the loss of Rondo would be even bigger of a loss for the C’s.
Game 2 takes place in Atlanta Tuesday, at 7:30 PM ET.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire