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Celtics Notebook: Marcus Smart fined $50,000, Hayward could return this weekend

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Marcus Smart was fined $50,000 for the second time this season in the wake of a two-handed shove on Joel Embiid that led to his ejection in Wednesday’s loss to the Sixers.

The fifth-year guard earned his third fine of the season in the NBA following the Flagrant 2 foul. He had already been fined a combined $60,000 for scuffles with DeAndre Bembry and J.R. Smith this year, both of which resulted in his ejections as well. Smart avoid a suspension for those incidents though and will be available for Boston when they matchup against the Hornets on Saturday night in Charlotte.

Brad Stevens spoke about the situation in greater depth after Wednesday’s loss.

“I’m disappointed in Marcus,” Brad Stevens said after the game. “Like, we need you. Like, Baynes is already out. We need him to be in the game. No matter what happens, we need that to happen...Don’t get it wrong: We love all that Marcus is. And part of Marcus is his fire. As you know, a time or two a year, it gets the best of him. But this is just a reminder of how important he is. He knows how we all feel and he knows we all love him. That’s just part of it. It’s part of a long season.”

Gordon Hayward getting closer, Baynes should be back for playoffs

The veteran swingman has missed two straight games since entering the NBA's concussion protocol on Sunday following a collision with John Collins. He's progressed on that front in recent weeks though and Danny Ainge was optimistic about his odds of returning this weekend in his weekly interview with Toucher and Rich.