The Celtics fell to the Brooklyn Nets 95-83 Wednesday night at the Garden, but the big story was Rajon Rondo pushing/punching Kris Humphries after a hard foul on Kevin Garnett, which led to the two teams shoving one another and the ejections of Rondo, Humphries and the Nets’ Gerald Wallace. Rondo will certainly be suspended at least one game and much has been made of it towards Rondo’s reputation and supposedly being the leader of the team.
With the ejection, Rondo’s assist streak came to an end — a streak full of controversy.
Is there any coach better than Doc Rivers in postgame press conferences? Rivers was brutally honest regarding his team, calling them “soft”. The coach also called out a few players (not by name) for assuming just by wearing the Celtics uniform they will play like a Celtic instead of working hard and earning it. He also added, “the brawl was not toughness, we don’t have any toughness.” Rivers has always been forthcoming with the media about his team, but Wednesday night was one his best press conferences of all-time.
Celtics play the waiting game regarding possible Rajon Rondo suspension– Gary Washburn’s notebook has Rondo could be facing a multi-game suspension as he’s already been suspended by the league twice in the past ten months. Gary Dzen has the Nets’ players reactions from the scrum.
Rajon Rondo playing the fool– Steve Bulpett says Rondo’s emotions got the best of him and now a suspension looms.
Rajon Rondo shows some fight– Chris Forsberg has how the Celtics could turn this into a positive, making them into a tougher team.
Rondo’s assist streak ends after ejection– Jessica Camerato has more on Rondo’s assist streak coming to an end.
Division crown no longer a layup for C’s– Bulpett also has the Atlantic Division being a much more competitive division this year, with the Nets, 76’ers and Knicks all primed to compete with the Celtics.