Rondo suspended, two fined for fracas
Boston’s Rajon Rondo was the most severely punished, as Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge confirmed in an appearance on Boston’s WEEI Sports Radio Thursday that the point guard has been given a two-game suspension by the NBA.
Rondo, who instigated the incident by pushing Kris Humphries after Humphries’ foul on Kevin Garnett late in the second quarter, told the media on Wednesday that he thought the foul was a “malicious” play and that he “didn’t do anything dirty,” but would accept his punishment, saying “whatever the consequences are, that’s what they are.”
That punishment is a two-game ban, which will force him to sit out Boston’s back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday. His ejection ended his streak of consecutive games with 10-plus assists at 37, and he will be eligible to try to begin a new one on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, fines were handed out to both Garnett and Nets forward Gerald Wallace, who ran into the fracas, with "Crash" getting docked $35,000 and Garnett getting a $25,000 fine. Wallace's punishment was just one of two disciplinary rulings by the league against him on Thursday, as he was also given a warning for flopping based on a play at the end of Brooklyn’s overtime win over the Knicks on Monday.
Humphries, who was the third player ejected, was not disciplined further by the league, according to Nets GM Billy King.
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