DALLAS, Texas (105.3 THE FAN) - The Dallas Mavericks announced Wednesday they have suspended guard Rajon Rondo one game for conduct detrimental to the team.
Rondo will be benched for the Wednesday night game against Atlanta after he and coach Rick Carlisle exchanged words during a timeout early in the third quarter of the game Tuesday night in Toronto.
Toronto led 62-53 when Carlisle called out to Rondo, who was dribbling past midcourt. Carlisle then abruptly called time out. After the Dallas players in the game reached the bench area, Carlisle and Rondo had an animated conversation amid a crowd of players and coaches. Rondo didn't return to the game.
Carlisle said he and Rondo had a "difference of opinion."
Asked if Rondo's absence was a coaching decision or disciplinary, Carlisle said Rondo didn't play again "because I'm the coach and that's the decision that I made at the time."
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