Preseason games usually have all the emotion of a T-1000 Terminator. However, things got nasty between Marcus Smart and J.R. Smith Saturday night, an incident that ended with Smart ejected and Smith getting a technical foul.
But the two were not done then.
Smart called out Smith during a postgame scrum with the press, via NBC Sports Boston.
“I told [Smith] to come back to the back,” said Smart, who fidgeted throughout his emotional two-minute interview with reporters and at one point addressed the camera directly.
“All that on the court, we can handle that off the court. I ain’t with that. And that’s on my mama, may she rest in peace. Ain’t no punk right here. On my mama, may she rest in peace. That s— dead, so. Whatever happens, happens. J.R. knows where I’m at. Everyone knows where I’m at. It is what it is.”
Smith fired back on Twitter.
After Saturday’s incident, I wondered whether the NBA would come down and fine either of these guys for this.
After those comments, the question is “how much?” And, could this become a suspension.
Which is saying a lot for a preseason game.