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Marcus Smart fined $35,000 for incident with Bembry, avoids suspension

Marcus Smart fined $35,000 for incident with Bembry, avoids suspension

The NBA fined Celtics guard Marcus Smart $35,000 for his actions following his confrontation with the Atlanta Hawks' DeAndre Bembry in Boston's victory on Saturday night.

Smart and Bembry were separated after they exchanged words as players lined up for a jump ball. Smart was restrained by teammates and coaches but broke free, charged toward Bembry and appeared to throw a punch. 

Smart, who had drawn a technical foul earlier in the game, was assessed a second tech and was ejected. Bembry also was called for a technical foul following a video review.

Smart was unavailable after the game. Bembry said of Smart, “That’s what he does. You obviously see him doing that plenty of times. It happens. I just tried to keep my cool. I’m trying to win the game.”

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One lesson each Celtics player can take away from World Cup

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One lesson each Celtics player can take away from World Cup

Team Shamrock’s FIBA adventures ended with a whimper Saturday as — under the cloak of East Coast darkness — three of the four Celtics on Team USA logged DNPs (eight points for Jaylen Brown) while the Americans claimed seventh place with an 87-74 win over Poland. Combine that with the fact that Daniel Theis got limited reps with Germany’s early exit and Daniel Poirier hasn’t played big minutes while backing up Rudy Gobert for France and the World Cup experience wasn’t quite as robust as it could have been for the six Celtics players involved.

Still, there were positives to pluck and experiences gained by everyone involved, not the least of which is that a third of Boston’s roster will show up to camp on Oct. 1 in game-ready shape. Still, regardless of Team USA’s medal-less finish and the limited reps for Theis and Poirier, there’s at least one item or lesson that every player can bring with them into the new season.

Celtics' Tacko Fall suffers mild knee sprain during workouts

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Celtics' Tacko Fall suffers mild knee sprain during workouts

Bad news: Tacko Fall reportedly suffered a knee injury during workouts.

Good news: It's a mild knee sprain and the 7-foot-7 Celtics phenom is only expected to miss about a week.

Fall suffered the injury after a collision going up for a block, according to Jared Weiss of The Athletic.

Breathe easy, C's fans. Tacko is going to be just fine.

The UCF product will be in a battle during camp for a spot on the Celtics' 15-man roster. Boston signed former Xavier forward Kaiser Gates last week to compete with Tacko for that spot.

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