So, what caused the whole mess between two of the Warriors' biggest rivals at Staples Center? The Rockets claim Rondo spit in Paul's face, but the Lakers are backing their player, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported, after looking at the videotape.
Rob Perez -- also known on Twitter as @World_Wide_Wob -- looked at the tape, too, and what he saw might have solved the whole riddle.
— Sherwob Holmes (@World_Wide_Wob) October 21, 2018
If Melo's spittle did accidently spark the fisticuffs, what he said about Rondo after the game seems odd – if he knew he might be responsible.
"That's unacceptable," Anthony said, per ESPN. "You don't do that to nobody -- in sports, on the street. That's blatant disrespect. You don't do that. That's unacceptable. ...
"You don't even see that in the streets, man. I don't know what else to say about that."
Sorry, perhaps? Then again, no one likes to be "the second spitter."
You know Draymond was into that fight 😂 pic.twitter.com/PqbxZQ2nuo
— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) October 21, 2018
... and boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, who probably enjoyed seeing more punches landed than in his fights.
Floyd was ready to jump in pic.twitter.com/b1CctWm5Ws
— Jon Wilson (@WhoIsJonWilson) October 21, 2018
Now we await suspensions, which likely will come later Sunday since the Rockets play the Clippers on the same Staples Center floor.