Rajon Rondo took exception to a foul Kris Humphries gave to Kevin Garnett. Rondo pushed Humphries after the play, which led to a shoving match and ended with several more players rushing to the action.
When the dust settled, Garnett, Humphries and Gerald Wallace were all assessed technical fouls. Rondo, Humphries and Wallace were ejected.
It’s unclear just how much happened in the pile up, but it appears as if at least a couple of players threw punches. From the view of the cameras it doesn’t appear that any players left the benches.
NBA rules and regulations state that the potential penalties for fighting include multi-game suspensions, and fines up to $35,000.
Expect league action from David Stern. The NBA has taken a hard line on the subject fighting ever since the 2004 “Basket-Brawl” featuring the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers. In that situation, nine players were suspended and fined. However expect nowhere near that kind of action for this episode as there were not nearly as many players, and zero fans involved.
In the likely event players are suspended for more games, it could have more effects in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic division. The Nets currently sit in first place but could lose two key contributors in Wallace and Humphries. The Celtics, who are currently trying to recover from a sluggish start, will lose arguably their most valuable player in Rondo.
It is possible that Rondo may get the most games of any of the combatants tonight. Not only will he likely been deemed the primary initiator of the fight, but the league could possibly chose to make an example of Rondo who, quite frankly, is no stranger to scuffles on the court. This practice would not be without precedent as Commissioner Stern has been known to drop the hammer when he feels its warranted.
Another matter of note is that of Rondo’s streak of double-digit assists games will end tonight. He had previously had 37 straight games of at least 10 assists.