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04/30/2012 - 2:14pm
Rivers: 'I just want them to tell us soon'

ATLANTA -- The Celtics conducted practice at Georgia Tech on Monday while they waited for word from the league as to whether Rajon Rondo would be suspended for bumping official Marc Davis late in Game 1, Sunday night. Rondo talked to NBA security Monday morning, and as Doc Rivers pointed out, they don't usually call to wish you well.

"In my experience I’ve never had the NBA security call and say, 'You know what Doc? You did a great job last night,'" Rivers said. "That has never happened. I just want them to tell us soon. That’s the one thing, if I have an issue with the league, they wait until after shootaround tomorrow and we’re guessing. I would like to know right now."

Rivers said that Rondo walks a fine line.

"We’re a volatile team. Rondo’s an emotional player," Rivers said. "The old saying, I’d rather kindle a fire then start one. I like his fire and sometimes he...

04/30/2012 - 2:04pm
Hawks' Ivan Johnson: KG 'a dirty player'

Hawks forward Ivan Johnson might be in his first year in the league, but he's not afraid to speak his mind about one of the league's veteran standouts: Celtics forward Kevin Garnett.

"Garnett, he's a dirty player," Johnson told reporters after Monday's practice. "He gives me a lot of elbows, and I can handle that."

Johnson, a 28-year-old who has had his share of issues with his temper in college, the D-League and overseas, said he wasn't surprised that Garnett tried to get him off his game during Sunday's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

"I was prepared for that," Johnson said. "I already knew how KG was going to come at me. They're a whole bunch of mess-talkers."

Added Johnson: "I know we're not going to fight on the court. I can handle it. I can take some hits. I try not to [hit back] because I'm usually the one that gets caught."

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04/30/2012 - 12:28pm
David Stern: Rondo 'obviously bumped him'

NBA commissioner David Stern, appearing on an ESPN Radio show Monday morning, implied the league won't buy Rajon Rondo's explanation that he did not intentionally make contact with referee Marc Davis during Sunday's game in Atlanta. Rondo appears headed for a suspension of at least one game.

"I don't want to pre-judge on what the recommendation is going to be," Stern told Colin Cowherd. "But as a fan, he obviously bumped him. And you know what happens with respect to that."

Added Stern: "We have a hard and fast rule. Unless somebody trips you and sends you into him, nobody touches a referee. That's the proposition."

It's expected that the league will announce its ruling on Rondo sometime Monday afternoon.

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04/30/2012 - 11:12am
Report: DL Warren set to re-sign with Pats

According to a CSNNE report, veteran defensive lineman Gerard Warren is set to re-sign with the Patriots. The report by Mary Paoletti, crediting a source, does not indicate the length of the contract but speculates that a one-year deal is likely.

An 11-year veteran, Warren has played two seasons in New England, recording 40 tackles (25 solo) and 4.5 sacks in 28 games.

A University of Florida product, Warren was selected in the third round of the 2001 draft by the Browns. After playing his first four seasons in Cleveland, he shad stints with the Broncos (2005-06) and Raiders (2007-09).

For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.


04/30/2012 - 8:26am
Donaghy on D&C: Ref Davis has 'rabbit ears'

Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning to talk about Rajon Rondo's ejection from Sunday's game by referee Marc Davis.

Donaghy, who served prison time for his role in a gambling scandal while he officiated games, said he has no doubt Rondo intentionally made contact with Davis, meaning Rondo is likely to be suspended by the league for Game 2.

"I don't think he has any wiggle-room at all," Donaghy said. "I think he definitely was making comments toward him, walked toward him, and I think he bumped him on purpose."

However, Donaghy had little positive to say about Davis.

"Definitely Marc Davis is one of those guys that has rabbit ears for certain people," Donaghy said. "He's a referee that thinks people pay for their tickets to come and see him. He's one of those guys that has a little bit of an ego. So, I'm sure it's not the first time that he's had a problem with...

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