Paul Pierce left the Boston Celtics this summer after sixteen years with the franchise, the last seven with mercurial but sorcerous point guard Rajon Rondo. Rondo's known for a variety of moves and abilities, but likely none more common than his famous fake, palming the ball behind his back as a fake to shift the defender backwards before slithering past, usually for a layup.

Rondo didn't invent the Rondo, he only popularized it. So Pierce, now with the Nets, probably didn't learn the Rondo from Rondo. But he still pulled off a hell of a Rondo against the Dallas Mavericks. Watch above.

 

In an interview with Joan Rivers - Fashion Police, Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo opens up about the fight he got into with Kris Humphries on November 28th in Boston.

In that situation, it's a heated game," Rondo said. "I think I'm going to war with him. I'm out there competing. Which we are, in a sense. I thought he made a dirty play on my teammate and I wasn't trying to start a fight.

"It was a pushing war, that was about it. It got carried into the stands. Nothing more, nothing less. I don't have a problem with Kris Humphries."

Rondo was suspended two games for his role in the fight. Humphries was not suspended.

Many thanks to intrepid sports journalist Joan Rivers for getting to the bottom of the Rajon Rondo-Kris Humphries beef/non-beef.

Video of the fight in November below.

 

As was feared by the Celtics and many basketball fans around the world, Rajon Rondo has torn his ACL and will be out for the remainder of the season. Doris Burke of ESPN/ABC first reported the news during the Celtics-Heat game on ABC.

How is this news Nets related other than the fact that an Atlantic Division contender has lost one of its key players? Rondo was set to be an All-Star starter for the Eastern Conference and with the injury, will obviously be sidelined for the game. Now its up to NBA commissioner David Stern to decide who Rondo's replacement will be. That then leaves the door open for a player from the Nets to be chosen. With the near unanimous outcry from fans and media about how Nets center Brook Lopez was one of the biggest snubs this year, it will be interesting to see who Stern chooses to replace Rondo. The Nets also have two backcourt guys in Joe Johnson and Deron Williams who some thought merited consideration for the ASG. Once the replacement is chosen, it is then up to the head coach of the team to decide who starts in place of the injured starter.

After all, a new team in one of the largest markets in the NBA, who is having success this season, has to get at least one all-star to Houston, right?

 

According to Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge speaking to ESPN Boston, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has been levied a two-game suspension by the NBA for his *ahem* closing statement to Kris Humphries near the end of the first half of Wednesday night's Brooklyn Nets-Boston Celtics game, that ended with Humphries on his back in the second row and Rondo's jersey off his back.

According to Brooklyn Nets GM Billy King, no Nets players were suspended, though Gerald Wallace was mandated a $35,000 fine. Celtics power forward/center/mandated barker Kevin Garnett was fined $25,000.

Humphries received no discipline from the NBA.

The scuffle (video here) resulted in immediate ejections for both Humphries, Rondo, and Wallace.

The Nets won last night's game after the ejections, 95-83.

 

The phrase “Fugazi” – Mafia slang for “fake tough guy” per the movie Donnie Brasco – should be a familiar one to long-term Nets fans. Following a game 2 Nets demolition of the Manhattan Knicks during the 2004 NBA Playoffs, then-Knick Tim Thomas, injured by a hard foul from Nets center Jason Collins, referred to Collins’ teammate Kenyon Martin – long considered the heart, soul and tenacious grit of the back-to-back finals team – as a “Fugazi.” Martin, ever the diplomat, said he would welcome being locked in a room with Thomas to see who would emerge in one piece. That surprisingly did very little to quiet the heat between the Nets and Knicks.

What I’ve always found preposterous about Thomas’ words was the fact that Martin’s tough guy act helped his team win, and only went on to emblemize in that playoff series how much more battle-tested and prepared the Nets were than the Knicks –- a team that had taken a punch and essentially refused to fight back. If Jason Kidd hadn’t suffered a debilitating knee injury in the second round of that postseason, the Nets and their “Fugazi” spirit probably would have made a third consecutive trip to the NBA Finals. There was nothing "fake" about Martin and those Nets.

Of course the reason why I’m fixated on “Fugazi” today is based on last night’s Brooklyn Nets victory in Boston over the Celtics. The Celtics, who are only a few months removed from taking the Miami Heat to a competitive fourth quarter of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, put on a clinic in “Fugazi” last night... MORE →

 

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Reggie Evans was one cog in the BK Bench Mob machine. (AP/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON, M.A. -- Bench mob proper.

In a game where two starters were ejected by the end of the first half, another played just seventeen minutes due to foul trouble, and a fourth missed 9 of his 12 shots, it was once again the self-proclaimed BK Bench Mob that led the charge for a Brooklyn Nets 95-83 victory, nearly from start to finish.

By the numbers: the bench outscored the starters 51-44, shot 52% from the field, grabbed over half the team's rebounds, and picked off seven steals. But a cursory look at the statistics doesn't do it enough justice; the team just looked good with the bench in, with each player delineated to a specific role on the floor, and each player executing -- perhaps not always to success, but usually to a successful process. Andray Blatche attacked the offensive glass, looking to score easy buckets at the rim. Reggie Evans did the Reggie Evans, and if you don't know what the Reggie Evans is you better ask Reggie Evans.

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As you may have heard, the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets got in a bit of a tiff today, after a foul by Kris Humphries led to a multi-player scuffle that ended in the second row with Kris Humphries on his back, Rondo's jersey off his back, and three ejections (those two and Gerald Wallace, who was already one technical deep.)

After the game, players, coaches, and referees alike reacted to the Nets-Celtics fight... MORE →

 

UPDATE: Here is the full video:

(h/t Twitter user @LYKaPROindaGAME)

Here is the shortened clip, courtesy of SI:

Near the end of the first half of the Brooklyn Nets-Boston Celtics game, a foul by Kris Humphries led to a forceful retaliation by Rajon Rondo, leading both players into the stands fighting. Other players joined in to try to mitigate, but the damage had been done. Rondo appeared to throw punches at Humphries in the fracas.

Humphries, Rondo, and Gerald Wallace (who had one earlier technical) were ejected from the game. Rondo will presumably face a suspension.

Nets lead 51-38 at the half.

(h/t Ben Golliver of SI)