The Celtics bumped into some unneeded adversity late of their win over the Hawks on Saturday night time.
With 1:25 remaining within the fourth quarter, the Celtics led by eight when Marcus Smart was ejected after an altercation with Trae Young. Smart was trailing behind Young when the Hawks star rose up for a shot and inadvertently kicked the Celtics guard within the groin. Smart took situation with Young and charged at him. The two went head to head earlier than they each fell to the ground, with Smart seemingly shedding his steadiness and taking Young with him. Young received up and pointed at Smart because the skirmish continued.
After a prolonged evaluation, Smart and Young have been assessed double technical fouls, however Smart was ejected and Young stayed within the recreation. Young made each technical free throws to chop the Celtics’ result in six, however Boston finally prevailed with a 134-125 victory.
Marcus Smart was ejected after moving into it with Trae Young 👀
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Following the sport, NBA referee and recreation crew chief Sean Wright carried out a pool report interview with Lauren Williams of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to clarify the choice to eject Smart and provides Young a technical foul. Here’s the transcript of the interview:
QUESTION: “Why was Marcus Smart ejected from tonight’s game?”
WRIGHT: “He was ejected for the grab and take down of Trae Young.”
QUESTION: “What was unnatural about that transfer that warranted being ejected?
WRIGHT: “[Smart] grabs [Young] and slams him to the ground.”
QUESTION: “Why was Trae Young assessed a technical?”
WRIGHT: “For getting up and pointing in Marcus Smart’s face.”
QUESTION: “And, why wasn’t Trae Young ejected from tonight’s game?”
WRIGHT: “His actions did not rise to the level of an ejection.”
QUESTION: “What was deemed inappropriate about Trae Young’s interaction with Marcus Smart?”
WRIGHT: “His pointing in [Smart’s] face was deemed inappropriate and that is why we assessed a technical foul.”