Marcus Smart, J.R. Smith Fined For On-Court Altercation
The Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers rivalry does not seem to have misplaced any juice regardless of LeBron James' departure. On Saturday, the 2 groups squared off in a preseason rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals and it did not take lengthy for feelings to boil over.
With slightly below 4 minutes remaining within the first quarter, a scuffle broke out between the groups after J.R. Smith and Celtics massive man Aron Baynes grew to become entangled within the paint. Boston's Marcus Smart shortly interjected himself into the state of affairs and pushed Smith earlier than Jayson Tatum wrestled him to the bottom.
Smart was ejected from the sport and on his method to the locker room he gestured for Smith to fulfill him there to settle the rating. "I instructed him to come back again to the again. All that on the courtroom? We can deal with that off of the courtroom," Smart stated after the sport, based on ESPN. "I ain't with that." He continued, "So no matter occurs occurs. JR is aware of the place I am at. Everybody is aware of the place I am at. It is what it's."
Smith instructed reporters after the sport, "At the tip of the day, I am not going to sit down right here and lose cash over making an attempt to struggle Marcus Smart. I am not going to lose cash over my tattoo, so why would I lose it over him?"
As it seems, Smith ended up dropping cash anyway. Shams Charania studies that Smart was fined $25,000 right now, and Smith $15,000.
The two groups will not see one another once more till their first assembly of the common season on November 30 in Boston.