For the second time this season and the third time in a year, Rajon Rondo has been suspended. The Boston Celtics' guard sat out last night's game after being suspended one game for bumping a referee. The incident happened during Saturday's win over the Atlanta Hawks - sound familiar? Rondo was suspended during last season's playoffs after bumping into a referee in Atlanta.
The trend is troubling for those in the Boston organization, and as A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England points out, this suspension will continue to feed the doubt that Rondo can be a true leader. If this were an isolated incident, perhaps the reaction would be different. But it's not. Rondo is a star, and stars cannot get themselves suspended, let alone get themselves suspended twice in a single season.
The Celtics are finally starting to gel this season and put together some nice wins. They took care of the New York Knicks last night 102-96 to move to 17-17 on the season. Yet, things can unravel quickly if the team is not at full capacity.
Rondo is clearly a catalyst for the Celtics' success this season. He is averaging 13.2 points per game and 11.3 rebounds per game. He is on pace to have the best season of his career. If he can stay on the court that is.
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