HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — Rajon Rondo‘s assist streak is over, not because his teammates couldn’t make shots, but because he couldn’t control his emotions.
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With the Brooklyn Nets leading the Boston Celtics 51-35 near the end of the first half in Boston on Wednesday night, the Nets’ Kris Humphries fouled Kevin Garnett and then hit Garnett in the face after the whistle.
Rondo took exception to the hit (and maybe to getting swatted by Humphries earlier in the game) and shoved Humphries under the basket. And he kept shoving Humphries into the crowd as other players tried to separate the two.
The result was ejections for both Rondo and Humphries, as well as technical fouls on both Garnett and the Nets’ Gerald Wallace. That was Wallace’ second T, so he was ejected also.
At the time, Rondo had just three assists, so his streak of 37 games with double-digit assists is over, nine games short of Magic Johnson‘s record.
And Rondo, who clearly was trying to pad his assist stats at times during the streak, can only blame himself for the streak’s demise.