Again, the entire episode was instigated by Rondo! He saw that Thomas was d'ing him up, and decided to go hard at him toward the basket. I love the ruthless and very public hate the he has for Isaiah.
This persistent fiasco started because of the infamous double-booking of an Isaiah Thomas tribute video on the night of Paul Pierce's number retirement ceremony. Rondo was one of many who weren't happy with the arrangements.
Rajon Rondo was irked to hear that the Celtics would honor Isaiah Thomas on any night. "What has he done?” Rondo asked. Told that he led the Celtics to the conference finals last year, Rondo remarked, “Oh, that’s what we celebrate around here?”
More Rondo on IT: “This is the Boston Celtics. This isn’t the Phoenix Suns, no disrespect to any other organization, but you don’t hang conference titles. Do we hang going to the conference finals? What do we hang here?”
Title banners, Rondo was told.
“OK, cool,” Rondo said.
Both players were ejected from the game. Afterward, Isaiah had this to say about the situation:
Isaiah Thomas says Rajon Rondo hit him three times in the face and brought up the Celtics’ planned video tribute up to him on the court before they were ejected. IT says he doesn’t know what the beef is between the two but wondered if it was because his Celts beat Rondo’s Bulls pic.twitter.com/2ZgUeGZkJD
Yesterday's matchup was the last time this season that the two teams will meet, so there shouldn't be any more fireworks for a while.
The Pelicans won yesterday's game 128-125. Isaiah scored 15 points, but turned the ball over 6 times in just 25 minutes of action. Rajon dropped a 20-point, 10-assist double-double on IT's head. He finished with 24 points and 10 assists.