Crew chief James Capers answered questions after the game regarding the second quarter scuffle involving Rajon Rondo and Kris Humphries
Q. What specifically prompted ejection of Rondo?
Capers: Rondo initiated everything that proceeded after the foul. And when he and Humphries go into the stands, they are involved in a fight. Fighting is an automatic ejection.
Q. What were the reasons for the two technical fouls on Humphries?
Capers: When Kevin goes to the basket, he is re-routed by Humphries. So we had a personal foul for the re-route. Kevin is trying to continue — to get a continuation by shooting – and now Humphries hits him. Because the whistle blew, it was a dead-ball situation, and that’s a technical foul for contact during a dead ball. … What proceeds after that is a fight, so he’s ejected.
Q. Did Wallace or Garnett throw a punch?
Capers: As we reviewed it, no. They aggressively went to one another, and they basically pushed and extended on one another, but there was not a punch thrown.
Q. What prompted their techs?
Capers: For the escalating of the event. And then Wallace (already) had one, so therefore he was ejected.
Inevitably, the fallout from the display tonight will turn to just how long the Celtics will be without Rondo and perhaps Kevin Garnett for the next few days. After a review of the replay, it’s fair to say in my estimation the C’s could be missing their All-Star point guard for a minimum of three games and perhaps as many as five if the league deems punches were thrown during the scrum in the vicinity of the crowd. Some reporters in the locker room I spoke to even suggested Rondo could see closer to a 10-game suspension, but that seems to be a bit much given the circumstances. Kevin Garnett also may be hearing from Stu Jackson if his “forceful” shoving with Gerald Wallace was deemed to be any more than that after a closer look at the tape.
I leave the answer to you guys though. How hard do you see the league coming down on the point guard?