ATLANTA - The first round of the NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs ended up with the Atlanta Hawks upsetting the Boston Celtics 83-74.
The guys in green (Celtics) may have lost more than the game as Rajon Rondo (#9) received two technicals and was ejected from the game by referee Marc Davis.
After Rondo and Atlanta's Josh Smith (#5) battled for a loose ball Rondo complained to the ref that Smith had called him a name that begins with the letters SOB.
Smith remarked that he merely called Rondo a slob and not an SOB because he had noticed earlier that he was wearing a pair of socks that looked and smelled like they hadn't been washed in two weeks.
After the game Rondo told Rufus Reno of Sports Balls Illustrated Weekly that he did admit to calling Smith the "B" word.
He then pointed out that the reason that he had bumped into the referee was because the other referee Mike Callahan had pushed Atlanta's Joe Johnson (#2), who in turn was thrown into the Celtic's Brandon Bass (#30), who then lost his balance and accidentally hit Josh Smith (#5) of the Hawks, who fell against Celtic Avery Bradley (#0), who pushed him (Rajon Rondo) (#9), who then tripped and ended up accidentally being knocked into referee Marc Davis.
Rondo said that it was really not his fault and added that he should not have even received one technical foul much less two.
Rufus Reno called NBA Commissioner David Stern to try and find out what he plans on doing as far as a fine or suspension or both in regards to Rajon Rondo's playground-like antics.
Reno said that after being on hold for nine minutes he simply hung up and decided to try calling back later.
Commissioner Stern's decision should come within the next 24 hours. In the mean time Celtics coach Doc Rivers has said that he does not plan on putting Rondo on the trading block even though the thought did cross his mind.