Rondo, Humphries ejected after altercation


Rondo, Humphries ejected after altercation

BOSTON Well Rajon Rondo's double-digit assist streak comes to an end, but certainly not how anyone expected.
The Celtics all-star guard was ejected in the second quarter after getting into a tussle with Brooklyn big man Kris Humphries moments after Humphries fouled Kevin Garnett.
And it could be even worse if the league determines that Rondo threw a punch at Humphries which would then result in him being suspended for multiple games.
In addition to Rondo and Humphries -- both were ejected for their roles in the incident -- Brooklyn's Gerald Wallace was also ejected after being whistled for his second technical foul which is an automatic ejection. 
Garnett received a technical foul for his role in the incident. 
The incident happened late in the quarter with the Nets in firm control of the game. Garnett drove to the basket and, after being fouled by Humphries, fell hard to the floor.
Rondo, who clearly thought Humphries' foul was a bit excessive, got in the 6-foot-9 forward's face and pushed him. Humphries pushed back and before you knew it, players from both teams were spilling into the front row near the Celtics bench. 
Although it's yet to be seen what the league will do, Rondo is likely looking at a five-game suspension. At one point in the incident, it appeared as though Rondo threw a punch towards Humphries. 

Ortiz: Yankees fans' booing 'wakes up the monster in me'

Ortiz: Yankees fans' booing 'wakes up the monster in me'

In his 1-on-1 interview with CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam, David Ortiz thanks Yankees fans, ahead of his final series at Yankee Stadium, for the motivation they’ve given him throughout his Red Sox career. 

He expressed a similar sentiment in this post on The Players' Tribune website.


Stevens’ first practice observation: ‘We’re going to be able to fly around’

Stevens’ first practice observation: ‘We’re going to be able to fly around’

WALTHAM, Mass. –  Before the Celtics fully stretched prior to their first practice of the season, coach Brad Stevens had his players go 5-on-5 in a not-live breakdown while going at about 30 percent full speed or similar to what they would do in a walk-through.

“If that was 30 percent, we’re going to be able to fly around,” said Stevens. “I think it was just a misjudging of what 30 percent is. They were flying early on in practice. We have to be able to fully rotate, we have to guard different positions, you gotta be able to read the game instinctively and obviously there’s an athletic component that allows you to do so effectively.”

Regardless, the Celtics are a team that will rely more on their athleticism in past seasons in order to be effective and live up to the lofty expectations so many have for them this season.

“We have a real good team, real athletic at a lot of spots,” Celtics forward Amir Johnson told “We definitely got a couple more high-flyers in the building this year.”

He’s speaking about Gerald Green, a former Slam Dunk champion, and Jaylen Brown, who is considered one of the more athletic players among this year’s rookie class.

And that athleticism was indeed on display in the early moments of the team’s first practice of the season.

But what makes the Celtics a team that could potentially be a major player in the East, is that the increased athleticism is now married to a team whose skill level is underrated.

Talent and athleticism is certainly a bonus for any team.

But the Celtics know the road to being among the game’s elite is long and winding, a journey that they are just beginning to embark on right now.

And while there are plenty of directions that Stevens can put a greater focus on in these early days, it doesn’t appear the Celtics' leader will go that route.

“We’ve got a lot being installed,” Stevens said. “We’ll keep the emphasis on being a blue-collar team and playing together.”