Celtics' Marcus Smart fined $35,000 for altercation with Hawks' Deandre Bembry
Smart let his emotions get the best of him on Saturday night and it cost him big time
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart was tossed from the team's game against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night following an altercation with DeAndre Bembry. Smart repeatedly tried to go after Bembry and had to be restrained by teammates and coaches.
On Monday, the NBA fined Smart $35,000 for "aggressively pursuing an opponent in an attempt to escalate a physical altercation and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection." Smart will not be suspended.
You can see the scene below, via Sports Illustrated:
After the game, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said that from what he saw, Smart deserved to be thrown out of the game but he had yet to go back and review the tape of the incident itself.
"I need to go back and watch it before I react to it," Stevens said, via ESPN. "From what I saw, obviously, deserved to be ejected. And, I don't know what was said. I haven't asked [Smart], I haven't talked to him about it, but, obviously, there's league punishment for that type of stuff. Can't react that way."
Despite his combustible demeanor, Celtics guard Kyrie Irving said that the team accepts Smart for who he is even though it may have cost the Celtics in this particular matchup.
"I just think that we accept Marcus for who he is, in terms of being fiery," Irving said. "You know, bringing that type of energy. You know, s--- happens sometimes where the game goes like that and an altercation happens, we just gotta pick right back up. I think it was a five- or six-point game at that point, so, you know, he knew what the score was. He knew he had one tech, he's responsible for that; it's our responsibility to pick him up, and finish out the game strong."
Smart did not talk to media members following his ejection.
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