Boston Celtics all-star point guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended by the NBA for two games following his actions which incited a mini-melee between members of the Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets in Boston’s Wednesday night 95-83 loss.
With less than one minute remaining in the first half Nets power forward Kris Humphries placed a hard foul on Celtics big man Kevin Garnett while Garnett was in the act of shooting. After Garnett fell to the floor, Rondo immediately charged at Humphries pushing the forward several times which then led to a skirmish under neath the Celtics basket and into the crowd.
Rondo, Humphries and Nets small forward Gerald Wallace were all given multiple technical fouls and promptly ejected from the game. Rondo was the only player of the three to be suspended however Wallace was assessed with a $35,000 fine by the Association.
Rondo had the following to say regarding the entire ordeal, “Well, I thought the play on Kevin was a malicious play, you know? I got hurt last year on a similar play like that — a guy going up in the air, defenseless, on his way down. And you know, I just, I pushed Humphries. And after that, it was a pushing war. I know I have to be out there for my teammates. That’s the only thing about it. But I was sticking up for my teammates. I didn’t try to start a fight. I’m not trying to be a bully. I just didn’t think the play was fair that he made on Kevin, that’s all.”
Due to the suspension Rondo will miss the team’s next two games; first a home game versus the Portland Trailblazers on Friday and then a road game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. Rondo will be eligible to return to the C’s lineup next Wednesday, December 5 when Boston hosts Garnett’s former team the Minnesota Timberwolves.