Age: 29 Height: 6-5 Weight: 220 lbs School: Arizona State
Three games into his NBA career, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is getting used to playing in crunch time. Montrezl Harrell led a fourth-quarter charge by the Clippers' reserves with 17 points, Gilgeous-Alexander added 12 and Los Angeles defeated the Houston Rockets 115-112 on Sunday night. Clippers coach Doc Rivers debated different offensive and defensive lineups in the fourth, and finally settled on having Gilgeous-Alexander help defend James Harden.
The NBA came down hard on Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram Sunday, suspending him four games while banning teammate Rajon Rondo three games and Rockets guard Chris Paul two for their roles in a fourth-quarter melee. The league said in a statement that Ingram "has been suspended for aggressively returning to and escalating the altercation and throwing a punch in the direction of Paul, confronting a game official in a hostile manner, and instigating the overall incident by shoving Rockets guard James Harden. "Rondo has been suspended for instigating a physical altercation with, and spitting and throwing multiple punches at, Paul," the statement from executive vide president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe said.
Carmelo Anthony slammed Rajon Rondo for his role in the ugly scenes which overshadowed LeBron James' home debut for the Los Angeles Lakers, accusing the point guard of spitting. Tempers flared at Staples Center on Saturday night, with punches thrown after Brandon Ingram pushed James Harden during a 124-115 victory for the Houston Rockets. Ingram, Rondo and Chris Paul were ejected late on following a melee which boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. watched from courtside.
LeBron James home debut with the Los Angeles Lakers ended on a sour note Saturday as the Houston Rockets seized control late for a 124-115 win in a physical contest at Staples Center. James finished with 24 points and five assists but the Lakers couldn't stop the Rockets' dynamic duo of James Harden and Chris Paul, who combined for 64 points at Staples Center arena.
Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul got physical on Saturday at Staples Center, and the two may soon face discipline from the NBA.