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Hawks' DeAndre' Bembry explains his side of Marcus Smart outburst

Hawks' DeAndre' Bembry explains his side of Marcus Smart outburst

What exactly set Marcus Smart off on DeAndre' Bembry?

The Atlanta Hawks forward didn't discuss what words he exchanged with Smart that caused the Boston Celtics guard to charge at him in the third quarter of Saturday night's game.

But Bembry seemed pleased with his ability to keep his emotions in check, per Brad Rowland of UPROXX Sports.

According to Bembry, his disagreement with Smart started when the Celtics guard barked at Hawks rookie Trae Young.

Referee Phenizee Ransom then whistled Bembry and Smart for double technical fouls before a third-quarter jump ball, which led to Smart's ejection due to another technical he received earlier in the quarter.

Bembry believed the ejection was what set Smart off and took a subtle jab at the hot-headed guard while describing the incident.

Bembry isn't wrong, as Smart plays with a ferocious edge that sometimes boils over the whistle.

Smart didn't speak to the media after Boston's 113-105 win, so we still don't know what Bembry may have said to get under his skin. Expect the NBA to investigate the scuffle, however.

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Celtics' Kemba Walker has extremely relatable take on driving in Boston

Celtics' Kemba Walker has extremely relatable take on driving in Boston

Kemba Walker is still adjusting to life as a Boston Celtic, maybe more so off the court than on it.

During the Celtics' annual Shamrock Foundation Tip-Off Gala on Thursday, Walker was asked about driving in Boston. He responded with possibly the most relatable quote of all time to all of us regular folk who have trouble driving in the city.

Don't worry, Kemba. You're not alone.

Despite putting up with the troubles up commuting in and out of Boston, Walker has been all smiles since coming to his new city over the summer. The Celtics hope the positive vibes that have surrounded the team since Walker came to town will last throughout the 2019-20 season, which begins Oct. 23 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Kemba Walker reveals his real height at Celtics Shamrock Gala

Kemba Walker reveals his real height at Celtics Shamrock Gala

Kemba Walker had been listed at 6-1 his entire NBA career, but on Thursday night he revealed what his real height is at the Celtics' Shamrock Gala. 

“My real height came out a few weeks ago and I’m 5-11,” Walker said at the event. 

The NBA set forth an initiative to get every player's actual height recorded so there wasn't any type of false information floating around. The only questionable part of it all is that every player's new measured height is without shoes, and NBA games are played with shoes if you haven't noticed. 

Either way, this confirms what many have already believed about Walker's height. As great a scorer and competitor he is, his lack of size poses questions regarding his ability to be the go-to option on offense in the biggest moments. Isaiah Thomas was terrific in every way offensively, but there was only so much he could do when a defense honed in on him during the playoffs. 

Two-way wings are typically the players that lead teams to championships, so if Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward or Jaylen Brown can turn into the No. 1 option for the Celtics, Walker poses as the perfect running mate to give defenses fits. Until then, Boston will have to lean on him as they did with Thomas, but it's clear this time has far more upside than the Thomas-led Celtics ever did. 

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