Smart will serve his suspension without pay Wednesday night, as the team will host the Charlotte Hornets at TD Garden.
The NBA announces a one-game suspension for Boston’s Marcus Smart for directing threatening language at a referee: pic.twitter.com/SutRigQuwF— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) April 28, 2021
Just as the Celtics were prepared to have two starters return to the lineup in Robert Williams (knee) and Jayson Tatum (ankle), team officials were informed about 5:30 PM Wednesday afternoon about Smart's suspension -- the same time the league released it's statement, according to Brad Stevens.
Brad Stevens on Marcus Smart's one-game suspension pic.twitter.com/RllOFD26nn— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) April 28, 2021
Smart received a technical foul late in the fourth quarter versus the Thunder but it appeared the veteran guard had more than one long and heated discussions with the officials throughout the night. Per the NBA's press release, the discussions apparently continued well after the game had ended.
"We're hopeful, we're going to reevaluate him Thursday, but he's got a strain on that side," Stevens said in his pregame presser. "He got some imaging done. So he's definitely out the next two."
"He didn't feel it after that point," Stevens said. "He felt it when it happened, he went back, got it checked out, was cleared to go. It doesn’t sound like it would have gotten worse after that time. We did think — and our training staff did think — that if he was going to be sore, it was going to be the next day. So I don’t know if that’s the adrenaline of the game or whatever the case may be, but he was cleared to go back. And it doesn’t sound like it got worse throughout the game. It sounds like it was that moment."
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