Blakely: Recap of brawl between Celtics, Nets

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Blakely: Recap of brawl between Celtics, Nets

BOSTON The outcome of the Boston Celtics game against the Brooklyn Nets didn't matter past halftime.
That's because this game will be most remembered for an incident with 29.5 seconds to play in the second quarter that ultimately led to the ejection of three players -- Boston's Rajon Rondo along with Brooklyn's Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries.
Here's a recap of the incident that will likely involve at least one player (probably Rondo) having to serve some type of suspension.
With less than 30 seconds to play in the first half, Kevin Garnett tries to drive to the basket past Kris Humphries.
Humphries delivers a left-handed push in the middle of Garnett's chest, throwing him off balance and sending him to the floor.
Rajon Rondo approaches Humphries after the play and delivers a two-handed push.
Humphries retaliates.
The two get tangled up, but not before replays show what appears to be Rondo throwing multiple punches in Humphries' direction.
More players spill into the stands, including Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass. But neither player was actively involved in the incident.
Coaches from both teams make their way towards the incident, trying to separate the players.
Officials go to the scorer's table to review the incident.
They rule two technical fouls on Kris Humphries, an automatic ejection.
Wallace is called for one technical for the incident. Because it was his second of the game, he was ejected.
Rajon Rondo was then ejected for his role in the incident.
Garnett was whistled for a technical foul for his role in the incident.
Garnett, fouled on the play, made both of his free throws.
Nets coach Avery Johnson called a time-out after Garnett's free throws.
The second quarter resumed without incident, as the Nets went into halftime with a 51-38 lead.

Ainge: Winning more important than All-Star bids

Ainge: Winning more important than All-Star bids

BOSTON -- When it comes to NBA awards and accolades, players in contention often try to play it cool when asked about whether they are deserving.
 
And then there’s Boston’s Isaiah Thomas, who gives a definitive response whenever the question about whether he should be an All-Star starter is raised.
 
We’ll find out later today if Thomas will in fact be named as a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Star team when the East and West starters are announced. 
 
“It’s a little bit refreshing in that he is open about it,” Danny Ainge said on 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show this morning. “But every player wants to be acknowledged by their fan base, by other players in the league, coaches. You come into the league and as a young player you want to earn the respect of your peers and then you want to get paid and then you want to be an All-Star; maybe that’s the wrong order; and then nothing more important than winning.
 
Ainge added, “Isaiah is having a great year. He’s talked a lot about it. At some point in his career, he’ll talk about the most important thing and that’s winning championships.”
 
Ainge pointed to when Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen were all Celtics, there was no mistaking that winning came before anything else.
 
But where those guys were in their careers in terms of individual achievements and just age, were major factors in their focus being so deeply rooted in winning.
 
“Along the way they all want to win, but when you get to the point where Paul, Ray and KG were in their 30s, they didn’t care about any of that other stuff because they had it all, already,” Ainge said. “They had multiple All-Star games, they had big contracts, winning became the only thing that mattered.”
 
In other Celtics-related news, Ainge said that there’s no timetable for when Avery Bradley (right Achilles strain) will return to the floor. He has missed five of the last six games with the injury which includes last night’s loss to the New York Knicks which was a game in which the 6-foot-2 Bradley was a last-minute scratch from the lineup