Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul trade punches during insane fight

Rosalie Gross
October 23, 2018

Things got chippy during the fourth quarter of Saturday night's matchup between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers, culminating in punches thrown by Rajon Rondo, Brandon Ingram and Chris Paul. Ingram will sit out four games, Rondo will miss three and CP3 in total will miss two games.

The Rockets are staying in LA to play the Clippers on Sunday night, and Houston coach Mike D'Antoni laughed at the possibility of a suspension for CP3. Through two games, Ingram had averaged 14.0 points while making more than half of his shots, while Rondo's 13.0 points and 10.5 assists made for an excellent beginning to his L.A. tenure. The NBA's announcement confirmed Rondo's unsanitary act, but his suspension only will sideline him until this Saturday, while Ingram won't return until Monday. Once Rondo and Paul's altercation occurred, Ingram sprinted from half court and threw a punch of his own in the direction of Paul and PJ Tucker that did not land cleanly.

Ingram received two technical fouls - one for pushing Harden and the other for punching an unsuspecting Rockets player from behind as he charged back into the kerfuffle.

That sparked a fracas that saw Rondo connect with a punch to Paul's face after Paul had poked a finger in Rondo's face.

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"We don't want this to happen again", National Basketball Association executive vice president Kiki van de Weghe said.

"(We are) sending a clear message that this is not acceptable behaviour and you can not do this. "It's a lot monetarily for the player, [and] it hurts the team".

Paul and Rondo have been adversaries before, going back to 2009 when Paul played for New Orleans and Rondo was with Boston. The difference is that Kiedis gets to go home and probably surf, while the three have to watch from the sidelines for the next few games without pay.

VanDeWeghe clearly indicated that Rondo did not acknowledge spitting on Paul. "We'll be fine. I just don't think it's equitable".

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