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Celtics’ Rajon Rondo suspended for Game 2 against Atlanta

Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks - Game One

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 29: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics directs his team against 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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It’s not a shock, but it is a blow.

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will be suspended for Game 2 of their playoff series against the Hawks Tuesday night, the league announced. Celtics president Danny Ainge had confirmed the suspension to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com minutes before the league made it official

“Rondo has been our best player and it obviously hurts us,” C’s president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, told CSNNE.com. “Someone else is going to have to step up and make it not as painful without Rondo out there.”

Rondo was thrown out late in Game 1 when he bumped official Marc Davis after arguing a call. The league rule calls for a one game suspension for any player that intentionally makes contact with a referee. The only way it couldn’t be a suspension is if it was considered an accident, and while Rondo stumbled it is clear his bump of the official is intentional.

Boston already lost Game 1 to Atlanta and winning Game 2 without Rondo will be a challenge. The alternative for Boston is going down 2-0 in the series, meaning they would need to win four of the final five games to win the series. A tall order against a quality Hawks team.