Boston Celtics PG Rajon Rondo has been suspended for two games for his role in Wednesday night's fight in TD Garden against the Brooklyn Nets.
UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 29 at 5:50 p.m. ET
The Celtics are fortunate not to lose anyone else in the aftermath of this brief but aggressive altercation. Considering Nets forward Kris Humphries was the one Rondo went after in the first place, it's somewhat surprising he didn't get a fine considering his level of involvement.
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Mike Petraglia of WEEI.com had the initial report, which came from a Thursday interview with Celtics GM Danny Ainge:
Danny Ainge says on WEEI that Rajon Rondo has been suspended two games #Celtics— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) November 29, 2012
Although others were involved and ejected after the altercation, the saga unfolded when Brooklyn Nets forward Kris Humphries laid down an apparent hard foul on Kevin Garnett, which led Rondo to go after Humphries in defense of his fallen teammate.
Rondo began shoving Humphries under the Celtics' basket late in the second quarter, with Boston trailing, 51-35. The courtside photographers must have been pleased to be right in the midst of the action to capture it, until the fight spilled over them and into the first couple of rows of the stands.
The foul really didn't look to be particularly flagrant or malicious, despite the fact that Humphries' hand did graze Garnett's face. The Big Ticket's acting job certainly didn't hurt the cause, but it simply appeared he was trying to draw the foul.
Boston's star point guard clearly saw it differently. There is a difference between sticking up for a teammate and going overboard to the point of costing your team, and Rondo appeared to have done that.
Without Rondo running the show, the Celtics are likely to be lost on offense for the next couple of games. Not only is he averaging an eye-popping 12.9 assists per game in 2012-13 thus far, but his shooting percentage is climbing drastically. He also brings a big defensive presence on the perimeter.
The Celtics are straggling a little bit at 8-7, but a home contest against Portland and a road trip to Milwaukee are the only games Rondo will miss. It shouldn't be too big of a blow, and Rondo will provide a huge spark to Boston when he returns to the lineup.