Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart gets 1-Game Suspension for Threatening an NBA Official

Mar 3, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) reacts during the second half against the Brooklyn Nets at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

NBA: Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart was suspended by the league for one game Wednesday because of “threatening language” he directed at a referee a night earlier.

The suspension forced him to miss Wednesday night’s home game against Charlotte.

I just found out about 15 minutes ago,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said during his pregame media availability, just over 90 minutes before tip-off.

I’m not even completely aware of what happened,” Stevens said about Marcus Smart. “I did hear there were words after the game.

Marcus Smart suspended for threatening official: NBA

The NBA did not provide many specifics in a news release beyond saying the incidents with Marcus Smart occurred “during and after the Celtics’ 119-115 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

I saw Marcus this morning. We talked about it,” Stevens said.

Boston was already short-handed at point guard. Kemba Walker is out with a left-leaning strain.

Point guard by the committee tonight,” Stevens said.

Boston was blown out by the Hornets in the teams’ last meeting, 125-104 in Charlotte on Sunday.

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