ATLANTA (AP) -Atlanta forward Marvin Williams was suspended one game without pay for committing a flagrant foul, penalty two in the Hawks' Game 7 playoff loss in Boston.
Williams, who will serve the suspension in his first game next season, knocked Boston's Rajon Rondo to the floor with 9:09 left in the third period of the Celtics' 99-65 victory on Sunday.
Williams, trying to prevent a breakaway basket by Rondo, put an arm across Rondo's chest and knocked the guard to the floor. Rondo lay for a few minutes while Celtics coaches and teammates checked on him.
After reviewing the play, officials threw Williams out of the game.
Williams said he didn't try to hurt Rondo.
``I saw it on TV and it did look pretty bad, so I can't argue that at all,'' Williams said Sunday. ``I just want Rondo to know that I would never try to hurt him.''

Top NBA Public Bets

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Knicks vs. Trail Blazers Prediction Are the Trail Blazers laying too many points to the Knicks tonight at 10:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Grizzlies vs. Spurs Prediction Are the Spurs a safe bet to cover against the Grizzlies tonight at 8:30PM ET?
Thumbnail Clippers vs. Mavericks Prediction Will tonight's Clippers and Mavericks matchup fly over the betting total at 8:30PM ET?
Thumbnail Raptors vs. Heat Prediction Will the Heat cover as a home favorite tonight against the Raptors when the two teams square off at 7:30PM ET?
Thumbnail Suns vs. Nets Prediction Will the Nets cover the spread tonight as a rare favorite when they host the Suns at 7:30PM ET?

NBA Team Pages