Marcus Smart is ready to put the DeAndre Bembry talk to rest.
The five-year Celtics guard was fined $35,000 by the NBA for his actions toward Bembry, which caused him to get ejected from the team’s 113-105 victory over the Hawks on Saturday. He was, however, able to avoid a suspension.
Prior to Monday night’s matchup with the Miami Heat, Smart told the media that the altercation is behind him and admitted that he and team are relieved that he wouldn’t have to miss any time.
“That’s in the past for me,” Smart said. “I’m focused on today and moving on, so that’s out of my mind.”
“I think everybody was [relieved]. Like I said, it’s just time to move on.”
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The NBA said Smart was fined for “aggressively pursuing an opponent in an attempt to escalate a physical altercation and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection.”
“I knew that obviously the league would have some response. I didn’t know what it would be” head coach Brad Stevens said. “Glad he’s available.”