Danny Ainge announced on WEEI that Rondo has been given a 2 game suspension for his part in the fight that took place in the Nets game on Wednesday. Rondo will miss Friday's game at home against the Portland Trail Blazers and Saturday's game in Milwaukee against the Bucks. He should return for the game against the Timberwolves next Wednesday at TD Garden.
After practice, Rondo said that he had spoken with league officials on Thursday afternoon to tell his side of the incident that involved him and Nets forward Kris Humphries, which eventually spilled into the first row of fans. After the referee crew chief said that Rondo initiated everything that happened after the foul, it was obvious that a suspension was coming. We just didn't know how many games it would be for.
I'm glad it was just 2 games because it could have been more considering that Rondo has a history of suspensions in the league. This is the third suspension in nine months for Rondo. He was suspended for two games in February for throwing a ball at a referee in a February game against the Pistons. He also received a one game suspension in April for bumping official Marc Davis during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference series vs the Atlanta Hawks.
Doc said he would lean on a three-guard rotation of Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, and Leandro Barbosa to share ball-handling duties with Rondo out. No word as to whether the refs would be punished for allowing the Nets to manhandle the Celtics throughout the game with no fouls called for it, which in my opinion, was the root cause of the fight in the first place.
Also, Kevin Garnett was fined $25,000.00 for "escalating the altercation."
In today's namby-pamby league, Rondo has to settle for drawing a T for getting in the face of Humphries. Once he initiated the shoving match and let it continue into the stands, the suspension was pretty automatic.
What really floors me is saying Garnett "escalating the altercation." If by escalating, you mean he got up off his back after being floored with a shove while airborne and unprotected, O.K., well not O.K. but he did get up. If you mean he then absorbed the blow of a Gerald Wallace running full tilt into him after a 20' running stop, well he did that too. That fine reminds me of the lines about repeated smashing his fist with my face, causing them to be exhausted by absorbing all those blows, or twenty-three gunshots in the aggravated suicide.
I love it. The aggravated suicide is too funny. I agree with you. And will take it a step further that the refs allowing the Nets to get away with hard fouls and thuggish behavior and pushing and shoving with no fouls is what escalated the altercation.
Think back to the first game when Barbosa was practically beheaded by Bogans and they said it was a regular foul. It started then and escalated from there.