ATLANTA (AP) The Boston Celtics displaced Game just one - plus they could possibly have displaced their floorboards head pertaining to Game 2.
Josh Smith scored twenty two things and grabbed 18 rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks built a big head early, next placed on pertaining to a good 83-74 triumph covering the Celtics inside their opener with the particular Eastern Conference playoffs Sunday night.
But that one particular will be remembered to get precisely what happened in the finalized minute, not really the Hawks' blistering start. While complaining regarding a call, Boston superstar Rajon Rondo was ejected regarding bumping a great public and also faces a doable suspension if the groups meet up with for a second time Tuesday evening around Atlanta.
''I didn't on purpose chest-bump him, however which is what them looks that will be,'' Rondo said.
The Hawks, that encouraged by way of up to 19 inside the very first half, have been hugging with a four-point cause whenever Rondo dropped his or her neat along with 41 seconds remaining. Boston's Brandon Bass was necessary a break down on Smith tussling to get a free ball, with both equally competitors sprawled about the court docket out over and above the particular foul line. Rondo screamed from public Marc Davis, who speedily called a new technical. Rondo subsequently bumped Davis with his or her chest plus seemed to be tossed out.
A suspension may just be coming, too.
Rondo, who have scored 20 factors and dished available 11 assists, evidently made an appearance in order to adhere out his chest muscles to help hand techinque the official. That's a substantial no-no and can pretty much absolutely bring this wrath involving NBA Commissioner David Stern.
''It's away from my own control,'' Rondo said. ''Obviously, I wish to end up being generally there for my own teammates but other than that, it truly is out of my control.''
Getting using some immediate lobbying, Celtics private coach Doc Rivers noticed stuff a little in another way to as opposed to replay showed. Not surprisingly, he / she isn't going to assume Rondo deserves your suspension.
''I'm usually worried, however I could well be astonished if in which happens,'' Rivers said. ''I believed Rondo appeared to be strolling toward Marc, and Marc made again toward him, that is certainly when Rondo bumped him. . That's all them was, inside my opinion. But we will see.''
Rondo had an analogous take.
''Obviously I ended up being upset regarding the telephone along with I reported some words to be able to Marc. I well earned the first tech,'' Rondo said. ''As I appeared to be walking, I concept he / she stopped. My momentum took me into him. I even feel I tripped about his foot.''
At the beginning, this Hawks seemed much quicker plus speedier compared to this getting older Celtics. With each and every starter over and above Jason Collins adding no less than four points, Atlanta raced to a 20-6 lead with the video game just simply more than 5 moments old. The Hawks twice encouraged the particular margin seeing that large since nineteen tips as well as settled for your 49-35 advantage at halftime.
Smith entirely outplayed Boston's Kevin Garnett around the best a couple quarters, starting your crack with 15 points, 11 rebounds plus a pair of assists. Garnett had merely two factors upon 1-of-9 shooting.
''He was an animal,'' Atlanta guru Larry Drew mentioned associated with Smith. ''When he has been playing by using which energy, he just simply creates us a lot better.''
Smith were required to take the particular load. The Hawks' other major gun, Joe Johnson, acquired your unpleasant night by using 11 details on 3-of-15 shooting, committing much more turnovers (four) than he or she created area goals. He had been 0 of 9 through 3-point range.
The Hawks bought poor while using basketball along with made merely 19-of-54 shots immediately after their blistering efficiency throughout cracking open quarter. That authorized the Celtics in order to borders back up the actual game, also it looked when even though some might only accomplish your comeback until Rondo's big blunder.