The Boston Celtics will be a man light in their next game against the Detroit Pistons later on today.
That's after point guard Marcus Smart got himself suspended for one game for a stupid, stupid reason against the San Antonio Spurs in the Celtics last outing.
Smart was given a flagrant 2 and ejected from the game after he swung his fist into the groin of Matt Bonner and now the NBA has handed down further punishment.
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The Boston Celtics official Twitter account confirmed the suspension yesterday.
Smart tried to explain everything away as the low blow being just an accident, but NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the rest of the disciplinary committee didn't see it that way.
“The way he hit me, it threw my body back so it forced my momentum to come forward,” Smart said. “He just happened to jump in the way as I was trying to rip up [through a screen] and he got caught.”
The Celtics are now in a sticky situation for the game against the Celtics now. They traded point guard Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks a couple months ago and with new starting point guard Isaiah Thomas out injured, that leaves them very short on point guards. It seems that Evan Turner will probably have to see a lot more of the ball against the Pistons tonight.
Smart had posted 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting with four assists over 23 minutes before his ejection Friday night against the Spurs. He has impressed greatly since being drafted with the 6th overall pick in the last draft.