League won't punish Celtics' guard Rondo

The NBA has decided not to take any additional action against Rajon Rondo for his skirmish with Kirk Hinrich in Game 6.


The league said Friday the first-quarter play would stand as a flagrant foul against Rondo. It could have upgraded the foul or suspended the Celtics' point guard for tonight's Game 7.

Chicago was leading 34-25 on Thursday when Derrick Rose rebounded a missed 3-pointer by Boston's Stephon Marbury with 30 seconds left. That's when Rondo shoved Hinrich into the scorer's table. Hinrich pushed him back and Rondo then threw an elbow that missed.

The league previously declined to further penalize Rondo for his foul on Brad Miller in the closing seconds of Game 5.

NO-SHOWS: Andre Miller 's ironman streak for the Philadelphia 76ers does not extend to team meetings.

The veteran point guard who has played an NBA-high 530 consecutive games was a no-show for the Sixers' final team meeting on Friday, something his agent blamed on miscommunication between Miller and the team.

Center Theo Ratliff joined Miller on the unexpected absentee list.

Both veterans are unrestricted free agents and the no-shows at the team meeting further soured the mood of a franchise that was embarrassed a night earlier in a season-ending playoff loss at home against the Orlando Magic.

RATINGS HIT: The triple- overtime thriller between the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics is the most-watched first-round game on cable TV.

TNT says the Bulls' 128-127 victory in Game 6 was seen by 5.35 million viewers. The record was 4.97 million for Game 6 of the Phoenix Suns-Los Angeles Lakers series in 2006, a 126-118 overtime win by Phoenix.


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