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The Celtics’ bench will be a little shorter than expected for Wednesday night’s game against the Hornets. This time though, it’s not due to injury.

Just a few hours before the 7:00 p.m. tip-off, the league announced Marcus Smart will be suspended for the game (without pay) after ‘directing threatening language towards a game official,’ in Tuesday night’s 119-115 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. It’s no immediately clear what Smart said or when in the game the altercation occurred.

Smart’s suspension seemingly came out of nowhere. During his pregame media availability at 5:15, Brad Stevens told reporters he’d just learned about it “about 15 minutes ago.”

Stevens will have to adjust quickly as he’s now without his top two point guards, with Kemba Walker on a scheduled maintenance day. That could mean starting minutes for Payton Pritchard, and more time on the floor for Tremont Waters and/or Carsen Edwards.

This will be just the second game Smart has missed since returning from a calf injury in mid-March. He’s averaging 14 points, five assists, and four rebounds per game in that span.

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