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Fine expected for Paul, Rondo

Posted by Frank Dell'Apa, Globe Staff  November 3, 2009 08:44 PM

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New Orleans guard Chris Paul and the Celtics' Rajon Rondo were expected to be fined by the NBA, but the fines might not exceed the normal amount for technical fouls.
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A double technical was assessed to Paul and Rondo after they tangled in the second quarter of the Celtics' 97-87 win over the Hornets Sunday. After the game, Paul and Rondo argued near the Celtics' bench and were separated by team security.

No further action has been determined by the league.

After the Celtics defeated Philadelphia, 105-74, Rondo said he had not been contacted by the league. "They have to do what they have to do," Rondo said.

Celtics' coach Doc Rivers said he has not been contacted by the league. "I don't expect anything to come of it," Rivers said.

Paul sent the following twitter message: "To clear this up I never came close to approaching the Celts locker room (Sunday night). Not sure where that's coming from. Also me [and Celtic assistant coach Tom] Thibodeau never got in a shouting match. We talked. ... [Too] much respect for him, crazy how it's twisted."

New Orleans coach Byron Scott said he was not contacted by the league.

"I think there comes a point in time in a game or even after a game when somebody says something to you," Scott said. "And the only thing I heard Chris say at the end of the game when we were walking off was that, 'He's going to respect me as a man. So, I don't know what Rondo said, but obviously Chris took exception to it."

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