Rondo Suspended Two Games

All-Star Disciplined For Brawl vs. Nets

  • Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett, rear center, Rajon Rondo, rear right, and Jason Terry (4) clash with Brooklyn Nets Kris Humphries, left, during an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in Boston. The Nets won 95-83. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Jim Davis)  BOSTON HERALD OUT, QUINCY OUT

    Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett, rear center, Rajon Rondo, rear right, and Jason Terry (4) clash with Brooklyn Nets Kris Humphries, left, during an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in Boston. The Nets won 95-83. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Jim Davis) BOSTON HERALD OUT, QUINCY OUT

  • Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett, rear center, Rajon Rondo, rear right, and Jason Terry (4) clash with Brooklyn Nets Kris Humphries, left, during an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in Boston. The Nets won 95-83. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Jim Davis)  BOSTON HERALD OUT, QUINCY OUT

    Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett, rear center, Rajon Rondo, rear right, and Jason Terry (4) clash with Brooklyn Nets Kris Humphries, left, during an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in Boston. The Nets won 95-83. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Jim Davis) BOSTON HERALD OUT, QUINCY OUT

  • Boston Red Sox's Clay Buchholz pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Saturday, May 29, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Clay Buchholz pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Saturday, May 29, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Red Sox's Marco Scutaro, left, catches Kansas City Royals' Willie Bloomquist (8) trying to steal second base in the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 30, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Red Sox's Marco Scutaro, left, catches Kansas City Royals' Willie Bloomquist (8) trying to steal second base in the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 30, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • San Antonio Spurs' Matt Bonner (15) dunks over teammate Tony Parker (9), of France, and Boston Celtics' Glen Davis (11) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    San Antonio Spurs' Matt Bonner (15) dunks over teammate Tony Parker (9), of France, and Boston Celtics' Glen Davis (11) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Texas Rangers' Vladimir Guerrero (27) is out trying to steal second base as Boston Red Sox's Marco Scutaro, right puts the tag on in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 17, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Texas Rangers' Vladimir Guerrero (27) is out trying to steal second base as Boston Red Sox's Marco Scutaro, right puts the tag on in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 17, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett (5) grabs a rebound over Golden State Warriors' David Lee (10) and Ekpe Udoh in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 4, 2011, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett (5) grabs a rebound over Golden State Warriors' David Lee (10) and Ekpe Udoh in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 4, 2011, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • New England Patriots' Tom Brady (12), Zac Robinson (7) and Brian Hoyer (8) run a drill during NFL football training camp, Friday, July 30, 2010, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    New England Patriots' Tom Brady (12), Zac Robinson (7) and Brian Hoyer (8) run a drill during NFL football training camp, Friday, July 30, 2010, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Bruins' Dennis Seidenberg (44), of Germany, and Ottawa Senators' Filip Kuba, right, of the Czech Republic, battle for the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/ Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Bruins' Dennis Seidenberg (44), of Germany, and Ottawa Senators' Filip Kuba, right, of the Czech Republic, battle for the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/ Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Bruins' Dennis Seidenberg, left, of Germany, battles for the puck with Washington Capitals' Marcus Johansson, of Sweden, in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Bruins' Dennis Seidenberg, left, of Germany, battles for the puck with Washington Capitals' Marcus Johansson, of Sweden, in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Buffalo Sabres' Rob Niedermayer (20) battles for the puck with Boston Bruins' Dennis Seidenberg (44), of Germany, during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 10, 2011, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Buffalo Sabres' Rob Niedermayer (20) battles for the puck with Boston Bruins' Dennis Seidenberg (44), of Germany, during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 10, 2011, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Merrimack's Joe Cucci, left, takes a shot on Boston College's John Muse, right, as  Edwin Shea defends in the first period of the Hockey East tournament championship hockey game, Saturday, March 19, 2011, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Merrimack's Joe Cucci, left, takes a shot on Boston College's John Muse, right, as Edwin Shea defends in the first period of the Hockey East tournament championship hockey game, Saturday, March 19, 2011, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) dribbles the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)

    Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) dribbles the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)

  • Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett, rear center, Rajon Rondo, rear right, and Jason Terry (4) clash with Brooklyn Nets Kris Humphries, left, during an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in Boston. The Nets won 95-83. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Jim Davis)  BOSTON HERALD OUT, QUINCY OUT
  • Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett, rear center, Rajon Rondo, rear right, and Jason Terry (4) clash with Brooklyn Nets Kris Humphries, left, during an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in Boston. The Nets won 95-83. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Jim Davis)  BOSTON HERALD OUT, QUINCY OUT
  • Boston Red Sox's Clay Buchholz pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Saturday, May 29, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Red Sox's Marco Scutaro, left, catches Kansas City Royals' Willie Bloomquist (8) trying to steal second base in the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 30, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • San Antonio Spurs' Matt Bonner (15) dunks over teammate Tony Parker (9), of France, and Boston Celtics' Glen Davis (11) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Texas Rangers' Vladimir Guerrero (27) is out trying to steal second base as Boston Red Sox's Marco Scutaro, right puts the tag on in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 17, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett (5) grabs a rebound over Golden State Warriors' David Lee (10) and Ekpe Udoh in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 4, 2011, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • New England Patriots' Tom Brady (12), Zac Robinson (7) and Brian Hoyer (8) run a drill during NFL football training camp, Friday, July 30, 2010, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Bruins' Dennis Seidenberg (44), of Germany, and Ottawa Senators' Filip Kuba, right, of the Czech Republic, battle for the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/ Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Bruins' Dennis Seidenberg, left, of Germany, battles for the puck with Washington Capitals' Marcus Johansson, of Sweden, in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Buffalo Sabres' Rob Niedermayer (20) battles for the puck with Boston Bruins' Dennis Seidenberg (44), of Germany, during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 10, 2011, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Merrimack's Joe Cucci, left, takes a shot on Boston College's John Muse, right, as  Edwin Shea defends in the first period of the Hockey East tournament championship hockey game, Saturday, March 19, 2011, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) dribbles the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)

Waltham, Mass. — Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was suspended for the third time this calendar year yesterday when the NBA told him to sit out two games without pay for starting a skirmish that sent players sprawling into the courtside seats.

Rondo will miss tonight’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers and Sunday’s against the Bucks in Milwaukee. He will also give up $200,000 in pay.

Celtics center Kevin Garnett was fined $25,000 for his role in the scuffle, and Nets forward Gerald Wallace was fined $35,000.

Rondo was thrown out of Wednesday night’s 95-83 loss to the Nets in the second quarter when he shoved Nets forward Kris Humphries off the parquet to retaliate for a hard foul on Garnett. A shoving match ensued; Rondo, Humphries and Wallace were all ejected.

Rondo spoke with the league on the telephone yesterday and made his case.

“I told them the truth,” he said after practice at the Celtics’ workout facility in suburban Boston. “I don’t think I did anything dirty. I didn’t try to start a riot. I don’t think it was more than just a pushing war.”

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said in the afternoon that he was hopeful Rondo would not be suspended because no punches were thrown — or at least none caught on camera. But he said he feared the fact that the scuffle went into the stands could lead to a suspension.

The decision was announced shortly before 6 p.m. by NBA disciplinarian Stu Jackson.

Nets general manager Billy King said on a conference call that he didn’t agree with the penalties and told Jackson so. He noted that Humphries had scratches all over his left shoulder; the Nets forward posted a picture of them on Twitter with the caption, “Anyone know where I can quick get a Tetnis shot in Boston?”

Earlier, Rivers said on a radio show that he blamed Humphries for the incident. But the referees disagreed, with crew chief James Capers saying in a pool report after the game: “Rondo initiated everything that proceeded after the foul.”

King also defended his player, who was not penalized yesterday.

“I really could care less of what the Celtics say about Kris,” King said. “I just know what he does for us.”

Rondo was suspended twice last season after losing his temper — once when he threw a ball at a referee, and again during the playoffs when he chest-bumped an official while disputing a foul call. But, just as he did after those incidents, he insisted that he had learned his lesson about taking himself out of the game.

“I know I have to be out there with my teammates. That’s the thing about it,” he said. “But I was sticking up for my teammates. I didn’t try to start a fight.”

Rivers said he thinks Rondo now understands he is more valuable to his team if he can remain on the court.

“I don’t think he went in there thinking, ‘We’re going to get in a fight,’” Rivers said. “It’s snap, it’s quick, and it could happen to any of us, and it has happened to me.”

Rondo is averaging 12.9 points and a career-high 12.9 assists per game. He entered Wednesday night with a streak of 37 consecutive games with double-digit assists; that streak ended with his ejection, leaving him tied with John Stockton for the second-longest in NBA history.

Rondo said he will work on controlling his temper but also denied that it was a problem.

“I play the game the right way. I’m not a dirty player. Sometimes I let my emotions get the best of me, but I have no intention of hurting anybody,” Rondo said. “I go out there and compete every night, and that’s how I play the game. I play the game hard; I play the game with an edge. I’m not a trash-talker. I don’t play the game dirty. I play hard and when one of my guys are disrespected, I retaliated.”