The Knicks will face a Celtics team on Monday that's missing its best player.
Rajon Rondo has been suspended one game for making contact with a game official and failure to cooperate with a league investigation, the league announced Monday afternoon.
The incident involving the official occurred in the third quarter of the Celtics’ 89-81 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday at Philips Arena.
Rondo leads the league with an average of 11.3 assists per game and is sixth in steals.
With Raymond Felton sidelined with a fractured right pinky, Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni would have been forced to guard Rondo on Monday night, so the Knicks have caught a huge break against a Celtics team that has struggled for much of the season.