Following their double-ejection in the first quarter, Thomas said that Rondo clearly “had his agenda” (starting at 3:06):
“It was obvious what was going on. He was being too aggressive for whatever reason, and he also hit me in the face three times.” […]
“He already had his agenda written down right when I checked in to the game. It was obvious.
“He picked me up full court, trying to be physical. It was obvious.”