The NBA has handed out punishments for Wednesday night’s brawl between the Celtics and the Nets. Rajon Rondo has been suspended for two games and Nets forward Gerald Wallace was fined $35,000. Celtics center Kevin Garnett was fined $25,000 for “escalating the altercation.”
Still, Rondo stands by his actions:
“I know I have to be out there for my teammates,” he said. “That’s the only thing about it. But I was sticking up for my teammates. I didn’t try to start a fight. I’m not trying to be a bully. I just didn’t think the play was fair that he made on Kevin, that’s all.”
And what about ‘poor’ Kris Humphries? I guess he’s somewhere nursing his wounds…errr, scratches, that is. But he’s getting no sympathy from Garnett:
“When you watch film on the dude, hes always extra,” Garnett said on Boston radio station WEEI. “We watched him on film the last time we played him in Brooklyn and he kind of gave Paul (Pierce) a similar type of foul, two hands, had something on it. Dude’s always been known to be out of control. He’s always tried to play the tough guy or whatever role you want to do it. It was a little extra, but it comes with the territory and it comes with the game. … I guess they’re trying to hold up to the whole Brooklyn mentality.”
While that may be true, Humphries is not the one suspended, Rondo is. So there’s going to have to be a little more strategy in dealing with him. Rondo is going to have to learn to react differently and use his brain rathat than his brawn. While I do think a two-game suspension is a bit much, I think his past behavior was factored in to the decision.
I’m looking forward to the next Celtics – Nets meet-up.
What do you think?
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