The two former Celtics level guards acquired snarled, exchanged phrases and have been handed double technical fouls earlier than being ejected within the first quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers–New Orleans Pelicans game Wednesday night time.
Near the top of the primary quarter, Thomas and Rondo acquired snarled twice because the latter hounded the Lakers level guard on protection. When the 2 blended it up the second time, officers separated the purpose guards. The two exchanged phrases and Rondo acquired heated when the pair have been ejected with 33.three seconds left.
Besides each enjoying for the Celtics, Rondo and Thomas have some current historical past. Rondo, who performed in Boston for eight-plus seasons, questioned final month why the Celtics have been going to provide Thomas a video tribute on the identical night time of Paul Pierce’s No. 34 retirement ceremony. Thomas performed three seasons for the Celtics, becoming a member of Boston shortly after Rondo was traded within the 2014-15 season.
“What has he done?” Rondo instructed the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. When the Pelicans level guard, who received a championship in Boston, was instructed that Thomas led the Celtics to the Eastern Conference finals final season, Rondo mentioned, “Oh, that’s what we celebrate around here?”
“This is the Boston Celtics,” Rondo mentioned. “This is not the Phoenix Suns. No disrespect to some other group, however you do not hold convention titles. Do we hold going to the convention finals? What can we hold right here?”
Thomas was enjoying solely his second game with the Lakers after being traded with Channing Frye and a protected first-round decide by the Cleveland Cavaliers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. final week.
Thomas left with three factors and two assists in 5 minutes. Rondo had 4 factors, 5 assists and three rebounds in eight minutes.
In the second quarter, Lakers coach Luke Walton joined his level guard within the locker room after he screamed expletives and walked previous halfcourt to argue with an official for giving Kyle Kuzma a technical foul.
Luke Walton will get thrown out of the game after arguing a foul referred to as on Kyle Kuzma, becoming a member of Isaiah Thomas, who was thrown out within the first.
Walton was ejected with 1:38 left within the second quarter after Kuzma demonstratively objected to a foul name by leaping and pretending to slam the basketball and landed a technical foul. An incredulous Walton charged previous halfcourt whereas shouting at an official after which was tossed.
The Pelicans received the game, 139-117.