Things got very ugly between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets on Saturday. It started on a layup attempt by James Harden that was waved off after going in. Brandon Ingram shoved Harden after the play, and after the fight seemed to settle down, it re-escalated with punches thrown by both teams.
Ingram seemed to throw a punch, and Ingram, Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul were ejected for instigating the fight.
They jawed at each other after the scuffle seemed to have been broken up. Paul threw the first apparent punch before Ingram stormed in with one of his own.
— Rajon Wobdo (@World_Wide_Wob) October 21, 2018
The NBA takes a hardline stance on fighting and has ever since the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers engaged in the infamous Malice at the Palace. That fight involved Ron Artest going into the stands, and thankfully no fans were involved in this brawl, but the league does not tolerate fighting ever since. There are going to be several long suspensions doled out for this. At the very least, Paul, Ingram and Rondo should be expected to miss multiple games for this.
Ingram especially seems to be in danger of a long suspension. He was out of the fray, but ran back in afterwards. It’s harder for him to argue that he was caught up in the heat of the moment when he was so far away from the play. But either way, this is a totally unacceptable situation for both teams. Players have to be able to control their emotions better than this.