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.
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been suspended one game without pay for directing threatening language toward a game official.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 28, 2021
“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.”
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.