Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle benched guard Rajon Rondo on Tuesday night (Feb. 24) against the Raptors, after they got into a shouting match.
The Mavs won 99-92, but in the third quarter, Carlisle stormed out onto the court to call a timeout and shouted at Rondo, who appeared to be ignoring a play call from the bench as he brought the ball up the floor.
Rondo shouted back, there was a verbal exchange, and he was eventually benched.
“It’s an emotional game, and we had a difference of opinion,” Carlisle said after the game. “There was an exchange, and then in my mind, it was over.”
Sources tell ESPN that friction had been building between Carlisle and Rondo over play-calling responsibilities, much of which has been handled by the coach.
In 25 games for the Mavs, Rondo has averaged 9.0 points, 6.2 assists and 2.9 turnovers.