Three reactions to Rajon Rondo’s one-game suspension for bumping an official, which will keep him out of Tuesday night’s Game 2 against the Atlanta Hawks.
“Obviously, from a competitive standpoint we are disappointed with the league’s decision to suspend Rondo,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said in a statement released by the team. “He plays a valuable part in our team’s success. We accept the punishment and will use it as a learning tool for our players.”
“That’s the head of the snake. He does so much for that ballclub.”
“They’re good enough to try to figure out a way to get wins, but with him, they’re a hell of a lot better.”
“Rondo has been our best player and it obviously hurts us,” Ainge told CSNNE.com. “Someone else is going to have to step up and make it not as painful without Rondo out there.”
“The playoffs are a little different,” Ainge said. “You never want your best player, not playing. But it happens. We have to make the most of it, and guys will have to step up. It’s that simple.”