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Rondo banned one game for bumping referee

Published: 9:09AM Tuesday May 01, 2012 Source: Reuters

Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended one game for bumping into an official during his team's playoff-opening loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the National Basketball Association said today.

Rondo, who will serve his ban tomorrow when the Eastern Conference quarter-final resumes, was given a foul for arguing a call during the final minute of Sunday's 83-74 road loss and was ejected seconds later after chest-bumping the referee.

"As I was walking (toward him) I thought he stopped and my momentum carried me into him," said the three-time All-Star, who had 20 points and 11 assists in Game One of the best-of-seven series. "I didn't intentionally chest bump him but that's what it appears to be."

Meanwhile the Los Angeles Clippers' stunning come-from-behind victory over Memphis in the first round of the NBA playoffs has come at a high price with forward Caron Butler suffering a broken left hand and doubtful for 4-6 weeks.

The 32-year-old got his hand caught in the jersey of Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay during the third quarter and eventually left the game.

"I was able to keep playing, but once I got subbed out, I felt the throbbing," Butler told reporters after the Clippers fought back from a 27-point deficit. "I went and got an X-ray and noticed that I had a fracture."

Butler finished with 12 points, but his absence will leave a young Clippers team without one of their few proven playoff performers. Ironically, he was also a member of the Dallas Mavericks roster last season, but missed their NBA championship run with a knee injury.