Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo & Chris Paul banned after punch-up

Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo & Chris Paul banned after punch-up

Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo & Chris Paul banned after punch-up

The NBA reviewed video provided by the Rockets' staff, one angle of which showed Rondo spitting on Paul before the punches were thrown.

The Lakers' Brandon Ingram, who effectively started the incident when he pushed Houston MVP James Harden, received a four-game ban.

Ingram, meanwhile, who was being held back by Lonzo Ball for the play prior after shoving Harden - which occurred before the entire incident - quickly rushed from halfcourt to the scuffle to defend his teammate. "I saw Chris Paul touch his face and it went from there."Rondo, Ingram and Paul will likely be facing multi-game suspensions". Paul has been suspended for poking at and making contact with the face of Rondo, and throwing multiple punches at him. All three players were ultimately ejected and are facing probable suspension.

Houston coach Mike D'Antoni disagreed with the severity of Paul's penalty. However, hard doesn't mean impossible, and the footage from the video shows Rondo appearing to intentionally spit on Paul's face. CP3 jammed his finger into Rondo's face, which is when he responded with a hook to Paul's face.

Members of both teams then squared off, before a punch was thrown was thrown and all hell broke loose.

Even though Rondo now plays for the Lakers, not much has changed. He called Rondo's spitting "pretty disgusting".

"I don't know, I might rest him (on a) back-to-back", D'Antoni said.

"[We are] sending a clear message that this is not acceptable behaviour and you can not do this".

"Rajon has his own view of what happened", VanDeWeghe said.

"I understand that we're going to have some struggles, some early struggles".

LeBron James made his home debut for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Houston Rockets last night, and while the game certainly lived up to the hype, it was not for the reasons you might have assumed.

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