"We just had a little discussion on the court and it led to a suspension," Rondo said after Friday's practice, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I think he had some frustrations with me and vice versa."
Rondo thinks communication led to the issue Monday.
"Communication is definitely key in this situation, and we've had a couple of talks since then and we're going to move forward."
Rondo is averaging 8.6 points and 8.3 assists in 47 games this season.
"I've talked to pretty much everybody in the organization, and everyone is pretty much on the same page," Rondo said according to the team's website.
"I know that Rondo is an emotional guy and feisty," Ainge said. "None of it really surprises me."
Rondo won a championship in 2008 with the Celtics and was shipped from Boston to Dallas in December to play out the final year of his contract. He served a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team after reportedly jawing twice with Carlisle -- in-game and again in the locker room after the game -- on Tuesday.
Carlisle stressed the importance of having Rondo back in the lineup for Dallas despite his suspension on Thursday, per ESPN. He will practice Friday and return to the floor on Saturday against the Nets. The embattled point guard has averaged 9.0 points, 6.2 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 25 games since being traded to the Mavericks.
"I want to stress and reiterate how important Rajon Rondo is to the
Rondo was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team after getting into a heated exchange with coach Rick Carlisle during Tuesday's win over the Raptors. After the third-quarter incident, Rondo was benched and did not return to action. The player and coach had a second exchange in the locker room after the game, according to The Dallas Morning News.
With the starting point guard out, the Mavericks will likely feature a combination of Devin Harris and J.J. Barea at the point Wednesday. Carlisle said before the game that Rondo would practice Friday and return to the starting lineup Saturday, Mavs.com reports.
Rondo has averaged 9.0 points, 6.2 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 25 games since being traded to the Mavericks.
Rondo and coach Rick Carlisle got into a heated exchange early in the third quarter after the point guard seemingly ignored his coach's sideline instructions, causing Carlise to call a timeout. The coach did not put Rondo back in the game after the exchange, leading to the team getting 28 minutes from Devin Harris and 19 minutes of J.J. Barea, with the two reserves combining for 27 points on 10 of 18 shooting.
Carlisle said after the game that he and Rondo had a "difference of opinion," according to the Associated Press. 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."
"It's an emotional game and sometimes emotions come out," Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said. "It's happened many times in the past and will happen many more in the future."
Rondo also chipped in four assists and two rebounds before being taken out of the game for good. The Mavericks will move ahead to face the Hawks Wednesday in Atlanta. Asked if Rondo would be the team's point guard for the Hawks game, Carlisle said, "That's what we brought him here for."
Rondo missed the team's last six games before the break due to facial fractures suffered on Jan. 31. He managed to rack up six assists and two rebounds in the loss. The Mavericks are set to square off with the Rockets Thursday.
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