Celtics’ Marcus Smart Fined For “Aggressively Pursuing An Opponent”

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Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will not be suspended for his function in a heated altercation throughout a recreation towards the Atlanta Hawks on January 19, however he has been slapped with a $35,000 advantageous.

According to NBA.com, the league’s Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, Kiki VanDeWeghe, at present introduced that Smart shall be docked $35ok for “aggressively pursuing an opponent in an try and escalate a bodily altercation and failing to depart the courtroom in a well timed method following his ejection.”

As seen within the footage embedded under, Smart was ejected after being hit with a second technical foul in the course of the third quarter of Boston’s 113-105 victory towards the Hawks over the weekend.

Smart and Atlanta’s DeAndre’ Bembry needed to be separated after an trade of phrases as gamers lined up for a bounce ball halfway by way of the third. After being restrained by teammates and coaches, Smart broke free and charged towards Bembry once more earlier than being restrained for a second time.

Smart, 24, is averaging 7.9 factors and four.zero assists in 26.three minutes per recreation this season. He has began 25 of the 45 video games that he has performed in. 

The Celtics are at present sitting at 28-18 for the season which is sweet sufficient for fifth within the Eastern Conference.