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11/28/2012 - 11:32pm
Doc: 'We have no toughness right now'

Celtics coach Doc Rivers did not use the brawl as an excuse to defend his team's toughness in a 95-83 loss to the Nets on Wednesday night at TD Garden. Instead, he used the altercation between Kevin Garnett and Kris Humphries and the ejection of Rajon Rondo as a reason to call out his own team for being soft and responding in the wrong way to adversity. 

"I don't think anybody should get thrown out of a game," Rivers said of Rondo's ejection with 29.5 seconds left in the first half. "We all have to keep our emotions. Hell, we didn't come to play, as a team. That was awful, basketball-wise. If I'm Brooklyn and [other teams] in the league, you have to think we're pretty soft, the way we're playing. We're a soft team right now. We have no toughness. That stuff is not toughness, all that stuff is not toughness."

Rivers was asked if Rondo coming to the defense of Garnett, who was fouled by Humphries, warranted an ejection from...

11/28/2012 - 11:09pm
NBA ref: 'Rondo initiated everything'

James Capers was the crew chief of the three NBA officials overseeing Wednesday's game between the Celtics and Nets at TD Garden. He was interviewed by a pool reporter after the game that featured the second-quarter brawl that resulted in the ejections of Rajon Rondo, Kris Humphries, and Gerald Wallace. Capers will file a report with the NBA that will factor in any potential discipline that will be handed down. The full transcript is as follows:

Q: What specifically prompted the ejection of Rondo?

Capers: Rondo initiated everything that proceeded after the foul. And when he and Humphries go into the stands, they are involved in a fight. Fighting is an automatic ejection.

Q: What were the reasons for the two technical fouls on Humphries?

A: When Kevin goes to the basket, he is re-routed by Humphries. So we had a personal foul for the re-route. Kevin is trying to continue -- to get a continuation by shooting -- and now Humphries...

11/28/2012 - 10:05pm
Beat up: C's lose, Rondo ejected, Green hurt

Jerry Stackhouse drained five of his six 3-point attempts and scored 17 points off the bench as the Nets beat the Celtics, 95-83, in a game at TD Garden that featured a brawl and the ejection of Rajon Rondo late in the first half. The 38-year-old Stackhouse added three steals for the Nets, who improve to 10-4 and lead the Atlantic Division. The Celtics committed 17 turnovers and could never find their offensive rhythm once Rondo left the game. Former Joe Johnson was again a Celtic-killer as he led the Nets with 18 points. 

It was a brutal night for captain Paul Pierce, as he made just 4-of-13 from the floor and missed five free throws, finishing with 14 points. Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with 16 points and 10 rebounds before being pulled with just over three minutes left and the Celtics down 13. The Nets bench outscored the Celtics reserves, 52-18.

With Rondo 29.5 seconds left in the first half, Kevin Garnett was fouled under the...

11/28/2012 - 8:56pm
Rondo ejected as C's, Nets brawl

Rajon Rondo was ejected from Wednesday night's game with the Nets in the aftermath of a brawl with 29.5 seconds left in the first half. As a result, his streak of consecutive games with double figure assists ends at 37 games. 

Kevin Garnett was fouled under the Celtics' basket by Kris Humphries. Pushing and shoving immediately ensued, as Garnett also got into a shoving match with Gerald Wallace. Rondo into a shoving match with Humphries and the altercation spilled into the first two rows of seats under the basket. Wallace and Humphries picked up technical fouls on the play, and subsequent technicals, resulting in automatic ejection. Rondo was the only Celtic ejected. 

The first half was a frustrating one for the Celtics, who trailed by as much as 21 points. They made a late charge and cut the Nets lead down to 13, 51-38, at the half. Rondo finished with six points and three assists in 18 minutes. He finishes tied with John Stockton with...

11/28/2012 - 4:45pm
Edelman (concussion) limited for Patriots

FOXBORO -- The Patriots added wide receiver Julian Edelman and special teamer Matt Slater to the injury report Wednesday with concussions in the wake of their win over the Jets last Thursday. In all, New England listed 12 players as "limited" in their participation on Wednesday, including Wes Welker (ankle), Brandon Spikes (knee), Aaron Hernandez (ankle) and Dont'a Hightower (hamstring). Here's the complete report:

 

Did Not Practice

G Dan Connolly (back)

TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm/hip)

DE Chandler Jones (ankle)

G Logan Mankins (ankle/calf)

OT Sebastian Vollmer (back/knee)

OL Markus Zusevics (illness)

 

Limited Participation

DT Ron Brace (elbow)

S Patrick Chung (shoulder/...

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