Atlanta Hawks Rumors
Chris Vivlamore: Hawks injury report for tomorrow’s game vs. Orlando: Dewayne Dedmon (left ankle soreness) is probable. Alex Len (right Achilles tension) is probable. Kent Bazemore (right ankle sprain) is out. Miles Plumlee (left knee pain) is out.
Smart and Bembry had to be separated after an exchange of words as players lined up for a jump ball. After being restrained by teammates and coaches, Smart broke free and charged toward Bembry before being restrained again. Bembry also was called for a technical foul following a video review. “I need to go back and watch it before I react to it,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said after the Celtics’ 113-105 victory. “From what I saw, obviously, deserved to be ejected. And, I don’t know what was said. I haven’t asked [Smart], I haven’t talked to him about it, but, obviously there’s league punishment for that type of stuff. Can’t react that way.”
Kyrie Irving said it was on the Celtics to finish strong after Smart was tossed. “I just think that we accept Marcus for who he is, in terms of being fiery,” said Irving, who had a game-high 32 points. “You know, bringing that type of energy. You know, s— happens sometimes where the game goes like that and an altercation happens, we just gotta pick right back up. I think it was a five- or six-point game at that point, so, you know, he knew what the score was. He knew he had one tech, he’s responsible for that; it’s our responsibility to pick him up, and finish out the game strong.”
Dan Favale: James Harden now leads all active NBA players in career 40-point games (via @Basketball-Reference): 1. Harden (65) 2. LeBron (64) 3. Kevin Durant (55) 4. Russell Westbrook (39) 5. Steph Curry/Melo (36) 7. Dwyane Wade (34) 8. Vince Carter (32) 9. Anthony Davis (30) 10. Damian Lillard (21) pic.twitter.com/5nPLxunMrh