ATLANTA (AP) — Talk about a tough playoff opener for the Boston Celtics.
One game, possibly two big losses.
There was the score, of course, which went in favor of Atlanta. With Josh Smith scoring 22 points and grabbing 18 rebounds, the Hawks built a big lead early and held on for an 83-74 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoffs Sunday night.
But what happened in the hectic final minute could have a huge impact on Game 2, and possibly the entire series.
Boston star Rajon Rondo objected to a foul call on one of his teammates, chest-bumped the official who made it, and was quickly sent to the locker room. Now, all the Celtics can do is nervously await the likely wrath of NBA Commissioner David Stern, who’s never been too lenient on anyone striking his refs.
WATCH RAJON RONDO ADDRESS HIS EJECTION AFTER THE GAME: