NBA hands down suspensions to Lakers and Rockets players involved in brawl

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

An ugly scene unfolded inside the Staples Center in a game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers Saturday night.

The game itself was physical from the start. It ultimately culminated in multiple punches being thrown after Lakers forward Brandon Ingram fouled James Harden. Three of the players involved in the fight were ejected.

The biggest question here was whether Lakers guard Rajon Rondo spit on Chris Paul. Evidence seems to suggest that might have happened.

In any event, the NBA has now officially handed down suspensions stemming from the incident. Ingram was suspended four games. Meanwhile, Rondo got three games and Paul received a two-game ban.

Some will say the punishments are not severe enough, especially when looking at the incident between Rondo and Paul.

Either way, this will certainly impact both teams as they navigate through the early-season schedule. It will also be interesting to see what happens when these teams play again in December.