Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart was ejected from the team’s final preseason game against the Cleveland Cavaliers after an altercation with JR Smith.
Smith and the Celtics have a lengthy history, which the Celtics — and Smart in particular, the longest tenured Celtic — certainly remember. So when Baynes and Smith got tangled, Smart was primed and ready to come flying in.
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) October 7, 2018
Smart was predictably ejected for escalating the situation. He can probably thank Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier, who both held him back as he went flying in for more. If Smart had been left to his own devices by his teammates, he might very well be facing a suspension. This looks like little more than a fine to go along with his ejection.
As Smart left the court, Smith — who laughed throughout the altercation — waved goodbye. LeBron James might no longer on the Cavaliers, and the Cavs might no longer be considered a threat to win the Eastern Conference, but the Celtics don’t appear to have gained any love for Cleveland after a summer of stewing about Game 7.