Rajon Rondo Suspended for Game 2 of the Boston-Atlanta Series

Michael SchaefermeyerContributor IApril 30, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 29:  Official Marc Davis #8 ejects Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics in the closing minutes of a loss to the Atlanta Hawks in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on April 29, 2012 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The Hawks won 83-74. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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The suspension of Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo has just been announced by the NBA's front office. 

The already short-handed Celtics will be without their star point guard as they will try to take Game 2 from the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday. 

Rajon Rondo aggressively argued a call made by Marc Davis and then continued to pursue him. Rondo eventually bumped into Davis as he continued to argue the call. Rondo was issued two technical fouls and the Hawks went on to defeat the Celtics 83-74.

This suspension has dealt a crushing blow to the Celtics' already bleak playoff hopes.

We have seen a relatively high number of players go down with unfortunate injuries so far in these playoffs, but the self inflicted wound that Rondo has caused could have easily been avoided and may prove too much for the Celtics to overcome.  

There had been much debate on whether or not Rajon's actions warranted a suspension, but making contact with an official is not something the NBA takes very lightly. 

Rondo becomes the second significant player to negatively affect their teams playoff chances. Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, was suspended seven games for his elbow to Oklahoma City's James Harden.

If Boston can steal a game in Atlanta, this suspension will prove to be of minimal importance, but that task will be much greater without their All-Star floor general.

Game 2 will be played at 7:30pm est. in Atlanta.

The game will be televised on NBA TV.