BOSTON (CBS) – Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended two games by the NBA for his role in a fight in Wednesday night’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
With 29.5 seconds remaining in the first half of Wednesday night’s 95-83 loss to Brooklyn, Nets forward Kris Humphries sent Kevin Garnett to the floor as he went to the basket. Rondo took exception to the play and started a shoving match that spilled into the stands.
Rondo and Humphries were both ejected (Rondo for fighting and Humphries was give two technicals for the foul and fighting), as was Brooklyn forward Gerald Wallace for his shoving match with Garnett.
This is not Rondo’s first time hearing from the NBA offices, and he’s developing a bit of a reputation as far as suspensions go. He was suspended for three games last year, two regular season and one playoff game, for a pair of altercations he got into with referees; first for throwing a ball at an official in Detroit which earned him a two-game ban, and again in the first round of the playoffs when he bumped official Marc Davis, earning him a one-game suspension.
Rondo’s suspension leaves the Celtics without a true point guard for the next two games — at home Friday night against the Portland Trail Blazers and Saturday night in Milwaukee.
Leandro Barbosa got the start for an injured Rondo two weeks ago, and will likely do the same for the next week.