Marcus Smart — the guy who days before said he thought the NBA should be more physical — lost his cool on Wednesday night against the Sixers when things got physical.
It cost him. Twice.
The first was his ejection from the game, where is his teammates missed his defense — Boston was up 11 when the incident happened but this fired up Joel Embiid (he scored the next eight Sixers’ points) and eventually Philadelphia came back to win the game.
It’s also going to cost Smart a cool $50,000, the league announced Thursday. Smart was fined for “forcefully shoving Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid to the floor.” However, this is double the normal NBA fine for these kinds of incidents, which came down because Smart has a history:
“Smart’s fine was also based on his repeated acts of unsportsmanlike conduct during NBA games, including two prior incidents this season which have resulted in fines,” the league said.
Embiid received a technical on the play for his foul on Smart when setting the screen. Smart can’t react like that, however.