Marcus Smart is known over the NBA for his absence of chill, however the Boston Celtics protect may have taken that notoriety excessively far on Saturday. He was lucky to avoid suspension as a result.
A verbal squabble among Smart and Atlanta Hawks wing DeAndre’ Bembry immediately swelled into Smart charging for his rival and being persuasively expelled from Saturday’s diversion. The NBA fined Smart $35,000 on Monday “for aggressively pursing an opponent in an attempt to escalate a physical altercation and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following the ejection.”
Smart’s aggressive pursuit came after his second specialized foul of the night, which earned him an automatic ejection and left him with four points on 1-of-4 shooting and four aids 17 minutes of Boston’s inevitable 113-105 victory. Bembry likewise earned a specialized foul for his job in the contention.
Smart could have been taking a gander at an a lot stiffer punishment had it not been for the endeavors of Celtics director of team security Phil Lynch and partners Al Horford and Jayson Tatum, every one of whom assumed jobs in keeping the 24-year-old protect from coming to Bembry and participating in a physical altercation.
Smart will probably be accessible for Monday’s amusement against the Miami Heat.