Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended for two games after throwing the ball at an official and striking him in the chest during Sunday’s 88-98 loss to the Detroit Pistons.
Frustrated by the lack of a foul call during a third quarter drive, Rondo threw the ball at official Sean Wright, earning himself a double technical and an automatic ejection. Rondo now has a team high seven technical fouls on the season, placing him at the top of the league for technical fouls.
Rondo missed the team’s 89-73 loss to the defending champions, the Dallas Mavericks, and will watch from the bench Wednesday as the Celtics take on Oklahoma City.
“You’re always disappointed when that happens,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers told ESPN. “You should never put yourself in front of the team. But it’s an emotional game. We can all agree that it was a pretty bad foul and a clear foul that wasn’t called. At the time, we were getting our butts kicked and the frustration was high and it’s a human game. I can guarantee you five seconds, 30 seconds after it happened, I guarantee you Rondo wished he could take it back.”
The Celtics have lost five of their last six games and are now 15-16 on the season.