Posted November 29, 2012

Celtics’ Rondo, Nets’ Humphries ejected after shoving match carries into stands

Ben Golliver, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Kevin Garnett, Kris Humphries, Rajon Rondo

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By Ben Golliver

Members of the Celtics and Nets got into a shoving match that carried into the baseline seats in the second quarter of Wednesday night’s game at TD Garden. Celtics guard Rajon Rondo shoved Nets forward Kris Humphries after he fouled Celtics forward Kevin Garnett in the neck area on a driving shot attempt. Rondo shoved Humphries in the chest with both arms. Humphries shoved back, and then Celtics guard Jason Terry joined the fray, as did Nets forward Gerald 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.

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Nets forward Kris Humphries posted this picture of his scratched arm to Twitter. (@KrisHumphries)

Rondo departed with six points, three assists and two steals in 18 minutes. Humphries left with three points, four rebounds and two blocks in 13 minutes. Wallace exited with five points, two rebounds, three assists and three steals in 18 minutes.

One bit of history involved here: Rondo’s ejection brought an end to his streak of 37 consecutive games registering 10 or more assists. That streak dated back to a Mar. 11 loss to the Lakers and covered the last 24 games of the 2011-12 season plus Boston’s first 13 games of this season. Rondo’s streak was tied with Jazz guard John Stockton for the second-longest in NBA history. Lakers great Magic Johnson holds the record with 46 straight games during the 1983-84 season.

The Nets were leading 51-35 when the incident broke out and went on to win 95-83. It’s certainly possible that further fines and/or suspensions could result from the incident. Rondo, in particular, needs to be concerned, given his past history of ejections, including an incident involving a referee during a 2012 Eastern Conference first-round playoff series against the Hawks.

Both Rondo and Humphries left TD Garden without speaking to reporters. However, Humphries uploaded a photo of his badly scratched left arm to his Twitter account after the game. He also included a question for his followers: “Anyone know where I can quick get a Tetnis [sic] shot in Boston?”

CSNNE.com reported that Terry had some harsh words for Humphries during his own post-game interview.

“Some guys are tough,” Terry said. “Some guys pretend to be. He’s one of those that pretends to be.”

19 comments
ShinEdwardKim
ShinEdwardKim

how did Rondo who is like 185 pounds push Humphries who is like 235-245 lbs that easily? 

T5
T5

I don't have a dog in this fight, but I have followed Garnett for years, (go Timberwolves!). To a man like Garnett that was barely a bumb, he was just trying to draw a flagrant on Humphries. Rondo totally over-reacted. If it was a Celt fouling a Net in the same manner there would not have been any incident, everyone would have played on. If Rondo does not own up to this, after watching the re-play, then he really is the girly man that many have suggested.

philip4
philip4

why is nobody talking about the obvious fact that Garnett TOTALLY flopped on the play in the first place? he takes a slight shove to the shoulder, and he's not a good enough athlete to keep his feet? if he falls down that easy, maybe he needs to wear a Life Alert.

Arun
Arun

leave it to Rondo to scratch someone during a fight. What a tough girl

Hotbite
Hotbite

Someone needs to cut their fingernails! Good grief!

Hotbite
Hotbite

So glad that little punk didn't break Magic's record. 

M24
M24

GOD the Boston announcers are homers. You usually only see that kind of blatant cheerleading in tiny markets like Utah or Charlotte. Humphries obviously didn't intend to injure Garnett. Rondo is a hothead who clearly walks around wishing he could punch something.

 

Also, let's also CC this under the "Kevin Garnett: Fake Tough Guy" file. Guy wouldn't bust a grape in a fruit fight.

kyleglasscoe
kyleglasscoe

humphries is probably very thankful that it got broken up cuz rondo would have hurt him.. humphries crying about some scratches.. lol weak

JeretSauer
JeretSauer

Garnett, Pierce, and Ronda are all a bunch of cry baby bullies. They dish it out, but can't take it. I can't wait for the day that Garnett and Pierce retire. It will be a better day for basketball and hopefully we will never have to hear KG's ridiculous trash talk, obviously flagrant fouls, and dirty play and seeing Pierce's flopping and facial expressions he makes every no call (that really isn't a foul) foul.

Jean-PaulYoko
Jean-PaulYoko

Oh come on, those scratches are nothing! You're a pro players...why do you gotta cry about every little thing!

JerryPeoples
JerryPeoples

seriously, was that a hard foul?  i love doc saying, Kevin could have been hurt it was an unnecessary foul.

 

give me an effin break, Garnett routinely punches people in the balls and Doc is going to call that a bad foul?

 

and jason terry calling anyone a wannabe is laughable

Terry
Terry

Some guys are tough,” Terry said. “Some guys pretend to be. He’s one of those that pretends to be.”

 

Is he talking about Humphries or Garnett?

smacneil
smacneil

Humphries was married to Kim Kardashian. I'm sure his shots are up to date.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @kyleglasscoe He never cried or whined about anything.  Simply tweeted out a photo.  Seems more like he did it with a sense of humor than anything