By Ben Golliver
The NBA has suspended Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo for two games for his role in a shoving match with Nets power forward Kris Humphries that carried into the TD Garden stands on Wednesday night. The NBA has also fined Nets forward Gerald Wallace $35,000 and Celtics center Kevin Garnett $25,000 for "escalating the altercation." Humphries was not fined or suspended.
Rondo will serve his suspension during a Friday game in Boston against the Blazers and a Saturday game against the Bucks in Milwaukee. He will be eligible to return next Wednesday against the Timberwolves in Boston.
Rondo shoved Humphries in the chest with both arms after he fouled Garnett in the neck area on a driving shot attempt. Celtics guard Jason Terry then joined the fray, as did Wallace. From there, the pile spilled into the seats, where shoving between multiple members of both teams continued.
Rondo, Humphries and Wallace were all ejected as a result of the skirmish. Garnett was assessed a technical foul.
Rondo’s ejection ended his streak of 10 or more assists at 37 games, tied with John Stockton for the second longest in NBA history and nine behind Magic Johnson's record of 46 set in 1983-84. The Boston All-Star's streak covered the last 24 games of the 2011-12 season and Boston’s first 13 games of this season.
Rondo did not speak with reporters after the game. He is averaging 12.9 points, 12.9 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals during the Celtics' 8-7 start. He is on the books for $11 million this season.