Here’s the Lakers-Rockets Brawl That Got 3 Players Suspended

Sheila Mcguire
October 23, 2018

Punishment from the fight between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets on Saturday will affect the Suns' upcoming game against the Lakers.

Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram weren't the only people ejected during Saturday night's brawl between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Tensions appeared to ease as Ingram was escorted away by his teammates. Video from the National Basketball Association (NBA) game shows both players were engaged in a bit of trash talk before Paul was filmed poking Rondo in the eye. The two could be seen having what seemed to be an emotional discussion, when Paul took offense to Rondo for allegedly spitting on him.

An NBA statement said all three had thrown punches. The league has not made any announcements yet. Paul didn't play in Sunday's contest as he was serving the first game of his two-game suspension.

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The Rockets play the Clippers on Sunday night, so the league will likely hand down their suspensions sometime Sunday evening. But they could be in much worse predicaments, with Ingram, Rondo or Paul sitting five, seven or even 10 games.

That is compared to Ingram's $158,817 penalty and the financial hit that Rondo will take, $186,207.

A wild multiplayer fight that included the normally mild-mannered Chris Paul and Brandon Ingram stole part of the spotlight shining on LeBron's official landing on the West Coast.

Paul said Rondo spat in his face, which led to the fracas that Lakers star LeBron James helped break up.

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Paul and Rondo have been adversaries before, going back to 2009 when Paul played for New Orleans and Rondo was with Boston.

Paul and Rondo were the main combatants trading blows after Paul stuck his finger in Rondo's face and pushed him hard.

The fight could leave with both teams without key rotation players due to suspension. And believe me, four games is a lot. They got tangled up in the second quarter of a game then, and tensions were high when the game was over, with players like Paul Pierce needing to get between the two before everyone left the court.

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"Rajon has his own view of what happened", VanDeWeghe said. "And I think they still respect me for what I do and what I bring to this team".

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