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Paul didn't play in Sunday's contest as he was serving the first game of his two-game suspension.

As Chris Paul was being led off the court though, he happened to pass by Anthony Kiedis, who voiced his displeasure at Paul's actions.

That sparked a fracas that saw Rondo connect with a punch to Paul's face after Paul had poked a finger in Rondo's face.

The suspension will cost Paul $491,782, Rondo $186,207 and Ingram $200,428 in salary, a disparity attributable to Paul's much richer contract. Rondo sported a cut underneath his eye after the game from where Paul made contact.

The Lakers fell 124-115 to the visiting Houston Rockets to spoil James' debut at Staples Center after dropping their season opener to the Trail Blazers in Portland on Thursday. Things seemed to go on as normal from there, then Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul started talking. The video appears to conclusively show saliva coming out of Rondo's mouth, Paul flinching and putting his hand to his face, before he shoved Rondo's face, to which Rondo replied with a punch.




Barring an appeal, Ingram and Rondo will start their suspensions tonight when the Lakers host the Spurs.

National Basketball Association vice president Kiki Vandeweghe, the man in charge of handling these kinds of punishments, was in attendance at Staples Center witnessing everything first-hand.

"[We are] sending a clear message that this is not acceptable behaviour and you can not do this". Players from both teams broke up the fight quickly by separating the players involved, though.

He is just the latest to come through that revolving door on the dressing room as the longest tenured player is 21-year-old Ingram. And believe me, four games is a lot. Rondo pointed to the fact that he was wearing a mouthguard, which would impact his ability to intentionally spit on someone. "We're going to need guys that haven't been playing to step in, be ready and confident and I believe they will be".


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