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NBA notebook: Rondo on defensive after hard foul on Humphries

Associated Press A day after he retaliated for a hard foul that sent Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett crashing to the court, Rajon Rondo was defending himself. First in a call with the NBA office and then after practice with reporters, Rondo said on Thursday that he didn’t think he should be suspended for his role in a scuffle with the Brooklyn Nets that resulted in three ejections, including his own. “I’m hoping I’ll play tomorrow, but you never know,” Rondo said at the team’s workout facility in suburban Boston. “I told them the truth. I don’t know what’s going to happen. They haven’t made a decision yet. So I’m just hoping to hear back from the league.” Rondo was thrown out of Wednesday night’s 95-83 loss to the Nets in the second quarter when he shoved Kris Humphries into the courtside seats after the Brooklyn forward knocked Garnett to the floor with a hard foul. What Rondo called a “pushing war” ensued, and Humphries and Nets forward Gerald Wallace were also ejected. NBA spokesman Tim Frank said the league was looking into the scuffle. He did not say when a decision would be issued. Rondo is averaging 12.9 points and 12.9 assists per game.

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