Following a controversial shove of Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has found himself on the NBA’s bad side. The league has quickly moved to punish him for his actions.
According to Yahoo! Sports NBA insider Chris Haynes, Smart has been fined $50,000 for his shove of Embiid. The incident occurred during the third quarter, and resulted in his ejection from the game.
Smart finished the game with three points and four assists in 19 minutes played. The Celtics wound up losing the game 118-115.
Boston guard Marcus Smart has been fined $50,000 for shoving Philadelphia center Joel Embiid.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) March 21, 2019
As viral as the shove itself has become, the stills of Smart’s nonchalant face as he sends Embiid to the ground are getting just as much attention:
The moment when Marcus Smart had no more Fs to give… pic.twitter.com/NPDhIy2py2
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) March 21, 2019
It doesn’t appear that any further disciplinary action will be forthcoming, which bodes well for the Celtics as they try to jockey for position in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Boston currently has the fifth-best record in the conference, but is only one game behind the Indiana Pacers.
Smart has been averaging 8.7 points per game, 2.9 rebounds per game, and 4.1 assists per game.
Suffice it to say, the Celtics will be glad to have the 24-year-old guard available for their remaining games.
Boston’s next game will be at the Charlotte Hornets this Saturday.