Apr 29, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) passes the ball from the floor between Atlanta Hawks small forward Marvin Williams (24) and Atlanta Hawks point guard Jannero Pargo (7) during the first half of game one in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE
We went from praising the rest to blaming the rust in 1 quarter. Now there's a loss in the record books and worry over Rondo perhaps missing the next game.
Several times — especially in the opening stages of the second half — the C’s looked primed to make a run and cut the deficit to single digits. The Hawks did a great job thwarting those attempts, and it wasn’t until late in the fourth quarter that Boston closed the gap to five following a 21-7 run. The Celtics then dwindled the advantage down to as little as four with just over a minute left, but Rondo’s subsequent ejection was the final undoing for Boston.
With 41 seconds to play, Rondo took umbrage with a loose ball foul on Bass, who was trying to force a jump ball with Smith on the floor trying to protect the ball in a scramble. When referee Marc Davis whistled the call, Rondo immediately disputed the call, getting tagged with a technical, then appeared to bump Davis, earning a second technical and automatic ejection. Now the league will have to determine if Rondo deserves a suspension for his actions (he was already suspended two games earlier this season for throwing a ball at a game official).
Not good times.