The NBA announced on Monday that Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart and Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith have both been fined for an altercation during last Saturday’s preseason game. Smart has been fined $25,000, while Smith got hit with $15,000.
Watch the incident below. Smart took exception to Smith tangling with Celtics center Aron Baynes, giving Smith a shove before the two were broken up. Both were assessed technical fouls for the incident, and Smart was also ejected.
Smith’s fine was for shoving Baynes and “initiating” the altercation, while Smart was fined for “escalating” it.
Smart spoke about the altercation after the game, telling reporters he gestured to Smith to “meet me in the back”. Smith was quick to respond via Twitter:
Meet me on street damn the back!! https://t.co/oP2jsVcyUc— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) October 7, 2018
LeBron James may not be in Cleveland anymore. But as long as Smith and Smart are both still around, the Cavs and Celtics should play with plenty of bad blood.
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