Rajon Rondo And Kris Humphries Ejected From Game For Brawl
Damn, poor Kris Humphries stay catching the fade! Last time it was lyrical fade from Kanye, and this time the Celtics bust dat azz…
The Boston Celtics were bracing themselves for the possibility that point guard Rajon Rondo will be suspended by the league for his role in escalating a tussle that left three players ejected in Wednesday’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets. After Nets forward Kris Humphries delivered a foul that sent Kevin Garnett crashing hard to the floor, Rondo took exception and immediately confronted Humphries, delivering a two-handed shove. The two then got tangled, with Rondo the aggressor, and spilled into the stands beneath the basket in front of the Celtics’ bench as players and coaches from both teams rushed onto the court with security and team personnel trying to defuse the situation.
Humphries ended up falling backward, but managed to pull Rondo’s jersey up over his head as the two were quickly swarmed. At the same time, Garnett and Gerald Wallace were jostling with each other nearby.
After a video review, the referees ejected both Humphries and Rondo for fighting — crew chief James Capers later explained to a pool reporter that, by going into the stands, the two were involved in a fight that required ejection. Humphries earned two technical fouls, including one for taking Garnett to the floor with a second personal foul after the initial contact.
But it’s Rondo that is likely to be in the crosshairs of the league. As Capers noted, “Rondo initiated everything that proceeded after the foul.”
With the ejection, Rondo’s 37-game streak of at least 10 assists was snapped, keeping him tied with John Stockton for the second-longest run in NBA history (and short of Magic Johnson’s 46-game record). Rondo had three assists over 18 minutes.
As for whether Garnett or Wallace threw a punch, Capers added, “As we reviewed it, no. They aggressively went to one another, and they basically pushed and extended on one another, but there was not a punch thrown.”
That might spare both players much more than a possible fine. Wallace had an earlier technical foul and the dust-up with Garnett left him ejected. Garnett remained in the game with only one technical.
Garnett admitted the team is worried about a possible suspension for Rondo, but liked how his teammate stood up for him.
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