Celtics

Marcus Smart dodges suspension for altercation with DeAndre Bembry, fined $35,000

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Marcus Smart lost his cool on Saturday night against the Hawks but it won't cost him a chance to play on Monday night against the Miami Heat. The NBA announced on Monday afternoon that Smart was fined $35,000 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 against the Hawks. He avoids a suspension though, marking the second time this season Smart has avoided a harsh punishment for a physical altercation.

BSJ Analysis: A look at Smart's prior altercation with J.R. Smith (which was arguably more egregious and resulted in no suspension) made the odds strong