Rajon Rondo hounded Isaiah Thomas from the moment he stepped into Wednesday's Pelicans-Lakers game in New Orleans, showing the bad blood that still flows from two former star Celtics point guards over a tribute video that still hasn't happened.
It was the first time Rondo was ejected from a game this season.
"I was talking to somebody yesterday close to Isaiah, and they said, 'Isaiah Thomas has absolutely no love at all for LeBron". This isn't the Phoenix Suns, no disrespect to any other organization, but you don't hang conference titles. "What do we hang here?" I don't know. There's nothing.
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The fans might have been right, as Thomas told reporters after the game that Rondo brought up the video tribute during the contest. I'm far past that. "I got hit in my face three times, and the third time I got hit in my face I reacted and tried to tell the refs, 'Are you gonna control this?' Hopefully, like I said, the National Basketball Association sees it, looks at it, figures it out, but I definitely need to get those technical fouls rescinded because I didn't do anything". "Maybe that is what's wrong". I don't know. There's nothing. At the end of the day, Thomas said "nothing should've made that escalate like it did". "It was obvious. He picked me up full court, trying to be physical". I know [Rondo] played on Paul Pierce's team. Rondo was caught on video putting his hand in Thomas' face before the two eventually got into a larger scuffle. Rondo's reasoning was that the Celtics should only honor players who had won a championship. Arguing his ejection was "uncalled for", the 29-year-old doesn't believe he should have been thrown out of the game over his actions. "I got hit in the face three times, and the third time I got hit in my face, I reacted and tried to tell the refs, 'Are you guys going to control this?' I definitely need to get those technical fouls rescinded". He said he was able to laugh off Rondo's previous comments. He's gonna always have Paul Pierce's back, which is fine.
As thrilling and inspiring Thomas' season was in the 2016-17 season for the Celtics, this season with the Cavs and Lakers has been pretty much the polar opposite.
Lakers coach Luke Walton was tossed in the second quarter after cursing at officials over foul calls.