While there was significant turmoil surrounding whether the game would even be played, the Dallas Mavericks were dealing with their own issues regarding starting point guard Rajon Rondo. Rondo was involved in a confrontation with head coach Rick Carlisle that landed him on the bench during their last contest, and as a result, the Mavericks have announced a one-game suspension for Rondo that will cover Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.
With Rondo on the shelf, the Mavericks will likely turn to some combination of starting shooting guard Monta Ellis (who is already a primary ball-handler) and the duo of Devin Harris and J.J. Barea at the point guard position. The Hawks have their own issues with the point guard spot, as Jeff Teague's status remains up in the air (at the time of this post) with illness, but Atlanta is set up well to take advantage of Rondo's absence with Dennis Schröder and Shelvin Mack, if necessary.
It is never a bad thing to see the opposition scuffling a bit, but we will see how Rondo's absence affects the Mavericks in short order. Stay tuned.