Sacramento Kings point guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended one game without pay for “directing a derogatory and offensive term” towards an official and not leaving the court in a timely manner upon his ejection in the Kings’ 114-97 loss to the Boston Celtics in Mexico City on Dec. 3, the league announced Friday night.
The incident occurred in the third quarter of the game. Rondo was given two technical fouls and ejected at the 6:30 mark of the frame:
The Kings don’t play again until Tuesday against the Houston Rockets, so that’s the game Rondo will miss.
Rondo is enjoying a resurgence in Sacramento after his rocky end with the Dallas Mavericks last season. The 29-year-old is averaging 12.6 points and a league-best 11 assists to go along with 6.9 rebounds per game. He’s shooting 45.3 percent from the field and a solid 37.5 percent from long range. He’s a career 27.4 percent shooter from three, so being able to knock down long-range shots at a good clip is a nice development for him.
The Kings sit at 9-15 on the season.