VIDEO: Rajon Rondo and Kris Humphries Ejected for Fight During Celtics vs. Nets

Andrew PillowContributor IINovember 28, 2012

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 28: Kevin Garnett #5, Jason Terry #4, and Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics get into a fight with Kris Humphries #43 of the Brooklyn Nets during the game after Garnett was fouled on a play on November 28, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Rajon Rondo and Kris Humphries would each be ejected from the game immediately following the fight. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Tonight’s Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets matchup had shades of Auburn Hills as a brawl broke out after a perceived hard foul.

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.