Marcus Smart will be taking a hit to his wallet in the wake of his altercation with J.R. Smith on Saturday night in Cleveland but the point guard won't be losing a full game check. The NBA announced that Smart will be fined $25,000 for his role in the exchange, while Smith was fined $15,000. Smart was not suspended after getting ejected during the 113-102 defeat.
The two guards exchanged a war of words in the aftermath of the scuffle on Saturday night.
"All that on the court, we can handle that off the court," Smart said of the altercation. "I ain't with that. And that's on my momma, may she rest in peace. Ain't no punk right here. On my momma, may she rest in peace. That (expletive's) dead. Whatever happens, happens. J.R. knows where I'm at. Everybody knows where I'm at. It is what it is."
Smith responded with some sharp barbs of his own in the Cavs locker room to reporters.
"For a guy who wants to be so tough in this situation, he leads the league in flops, easily,” Smith said. “You can’t flop as much as you do and then be tough. How does that even work? And then you start slinging your teammates. Like, you didn’t come to play basketball today. You know what, he didn’t want to play. Your coach told you, you gotta play and you was frustrated, and then you try to take it out on somebody else. At the end of the day, I’m not going to sit here and lose money over trying to fight Marcus Smart. I’m not going to lose money over my tattoo, so why would I lose it over him?”
BSJ Analysis: Smart owes a debt of gratitude to Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier for containing him in the midst of the altercation on Saturday night.