It didn’t take long for the league to come down to hand out suspensions to each of the players that were involved as NBA made their announcement, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The NBA suspended Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (four games), guard Rajon Rondo (three games) and Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (two games), all without pay, for their roles in a fourth-quarter fight on Saturday night in Los Angeles.
The entire situation that unfolded occurred with over four minutes left in regulation as a fight took center stage with Rondo and Paul exchanging punches. This had occurred quickly after Paul stuck his finger into Rondo’s face that led to the reaction that the Lakers veteran guard had to get physical.
This had seen the league clarify that the 32-year-old had spit on the All-Star point guard while Ingram was handed a suspension starting the matter with a shove then getting back into it by throwing a punch. Meanwhile, Paul was handed a suspension for poking Rondo in the face while throwing punches, according to the NBA.
“Ingram has been suspended for aggressively returning to and escalating the altercation and throwing a punch in the direction of Paul, confronting a game official in a hostile manner, and instigating the overall incident by shoving Rockets guard James Harden,” according to NBA press release. Rondo has been suspended for instigating a physical altercation with, and spitting and throwing multiple punches at, Paul. Paul has been suspended for poking at and making contact with the face of Rondo, and throwing multiple punches at him.
The absence of Rondo and Ingram for the next few games should see the Lakers turn to Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball to fill the spots in the starting lineup over the next few games beginning on Monday night against the San Antonio Spurs.
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