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March 24, 2015 Updates

Marcus Smart returned from a one-game suspension for punching the San Antonio Spurs’ Matt Bonner in the groin, and the Celtics rookie took an interesting dual position on the incident. He continues to insist the punch, in response to a hard pick by Bonner, wasn’t intentional. Then again, Smart also said he understands the reason for the suspension. “I still look at it the way I looked at it,” Smart said before starting and playing 23 minutes (two points, two steals) in the win. “I can understand how it came off for the NBA to make that decision. I respect the decision they made. I have to live with it. Looking at the film, it does look a little intentional, but I’m not a dirty player. But looking at the film I can see where it came into play, so the NBA made the right decision with the one-game suspension. I’m just glad to be back out with these guys. Boston Herald

“I think everyone (navigates a fine line between physical play and discretion). You don’t find too many players who play that hard in this league, but it’s something I take pride in. You have to find a balance between it. In the flow of games, things happen. It’s just the way it is. Things you don’t think will happen, happen, and things you think will happen don’t. You just have to keep playing.” Boston Herald

March 23, 2015 Updates

Rookie point guard Marcus Smart was forced into a spectator role after the league handed down a one-game suspension following the rookie's low blow on Spurs forward Matt Bonner during Friday's game. After Boston's shorthanded roster suffered a 105-97 overtime loss to the Pistons that featured Detroit's starting backcourt combining for 44 points, Evan Turner spoke bluntly when asked about Smart's return to the floor for Monday night's game against the Brooklyn Nets. "Obviously, as a team, he owes us one," said Turner. "I think we’re all motivated." Boston Globe

March 22, 2015 Updates
March 21, 2015 Updates

A league source tells CSNNE.com that Celtics guard Marcus Smart will be suspended one game following an incident in the fourth quarter of a 101-89 loss at San Antonio on Friday night. With 8:56 to play, Smart hit Spurs forward Matt Bonner in the groin area. Smart was charged with a flagrant-2 foul and an automatic ejection. After the game, Smart said he was trying to rip through a Bonner screen when he accidentally hit him. “The way he hit me, it threw my body back so it forced my momentum to come forward,” Smart told reporters. “He just happened to jump in the way as I was trying to rip up [through a screen] and he got caught.” CSNNE.com

This was the second time this month that Smart was ejected for an overly aggressive play on the floor. Against Orlando on March 2, he was ejected when he drove into the lane with 28 seconds to play and his left elbow came close to connecting with fellow rookie Elfrid Payton's face. When the two teams played again later that week, Payton said he didn't believe Smart deserved to be ejected for the play and was surprised to see him tossed. That ejection did not bring about any additional punishment against Smart. He wasn't so lucky this time. CSNNE.com

After the play, Bonner approached Smart with some choice words and the two stood toe-to-toe for a moment. After teammates stepped in, Bonner, obviously incensed, begged the referees to review what happened on tape. They obliged and decided to toss Smart. "He approached me," Smart said of Bonner. "Like I told him, I was like, if I hit you in your nuts on purpose, err, you know, your privates, you wouldn't be in my face. I was like, it wasn't intentional. And that's what I told him. I wasn't trying to. I didn't even know I did. ... But he just kept coming to my face. And as a player, and as a man, at that point you know you're going to have to stand up for yourself. So as he got close to my face, I stayed in. I had to stand up for myself." Booth Newspapers

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