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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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It’s unclear how interested they really are, and dealing for Lawson now would bring the risk of a semi-unwanted playoff appearance. Boston will not include Marcus Smart in any Lawson deal. Grantland

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“It was crazy, and it was sad it had to be under those circumstances,” he said while preparing for the Celtics’ matchup with the Jazz. “It was good seeing my family but it was a tough day for us. Everybody understood that we’ve got to get past it but it’s going to take time. But that’s why you have family.” Boston Globe

January 1, 2015 Updates

According to Cousins, his actions weren’t just about frustration with the way the Kings were playing, though there was plenty of that. “I did have an issue (with Smart),” said Cousins, who had received a first-quarter technical for screaming at ref Danny Crawford and was ejected. “It didn’t start with the box-out. It was the pick. He tried to run through my chest, then he came and I felt he took a cheap shot on the box-out, and that’s what resulted to what happened. “But even with that being said, I’ve got to make better decisions. The team depends on me every night, and I just can’t do things like that.” Boston Herald

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