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Smart fined $25,000, Smith $15,000 for altercation

Smart fined $25,000, Smith $15,000 for altercation

BOSTON -- Marcus Smart will be fined $25,000 for his role in a shoving incident in Boston’s preseason finale at Cleveland.

The incident was initiated when Cleveland’s J.R. Smith delivered a two-handed shove into the chest of Boston’s Aron Baynes.

In addition to Smart’s fine, the league also announced that Smith will be fined $15,000 for his role in the incident.

After the game, Smart said he anticipated he would be hearing from the league office.

“At this point, I don’t care,” Smart said. “I’m sure I’m going to but I really don’t care at this point. It’s crazy, especially with me getting ejected for shoving. The same thing happened, he shoved Baynes first. It is what it is. I did it. I owned up to it. I accept the consequences. I’m not afraid of that. Whatever comes with it, comes with it.”

While Celtics players are appreciative any time one of their own comes to defense of a teammate, they also know that there’s a balance between that and losing control of the situation which can ultimately do more harm than good.

The incident occurred in the first quarter and resulted in Smart being ejected from the game.

“Sometimes emotions get high; I get it,” said Terry Rozier. “You just have to calm down, preseason. No dirty stuff should go on, but at the same time you got to let stuff go sometimes.”

How to watch or stream the Boston Celtics vs. New Orleans Pelicans game

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How to watch or stream the Boston Celtics vs. New Orleans Pelicans game

The Celtics will be without Kyrie Irving, Aron Baynes and Guerschon Yabusele -- and maybe without Gordon Hayward and Al Horford, as well -- as they host the New Orleans Pelicans tonight at TD Garden.

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ANALYSIS AND REACTION

BEFORE THE GAME: At 7 p.m., Celtics Pregame Live presented by TD Bank gets you ready for the game with reports from Kyle Draper, Brian Scalabrine, Mike Gorman, Tommy Heinsohn, A. Sherrod Blakely, Chris Forsberg and Abby Chin. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the livestream.

AT HALFTIME: Tune in to watch Kyle and Scal break down the first two quarters on Halftime Live presented by Ace Ticket. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the livestream.

AFTER THE GAME: As soon as the game ends, tune to Celtics Postgame Live presented by New England Ford for analysis, commentary and player reaction. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the livestream.

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NOT AS ROSY AS IT APPEARS

The Celtics have a lot of future first-round picks coming to them. But they may not reap the benefits of all those picks as -- if they have to use them all this year -- they won't be able to package any of them in a potential deal for Anthony Davis and, right now, they may not have roster room for them. 

THE PAIN GOES BOTH WAYS

Yes, the Celtics will be missing a lot of talent tonight. But New Orleans may not be at full strength -- to put it mildly -- either.

LESSONS LEARNED

Here's what the Celtics can take away from their historic rout of the Bulls on Saturday night.

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Celtics injury list continues to grow

Celtics injury list continues to grow

BOSTON -- The injuries just keep piling up for the Boston Celtics.

You can add Kyrie Irving to the list of players out for tonight's game vs the New Orleans Pelicans.

Irving, who will be out with a shoulder injury, joins Aron Baynes (left ankle sprain) and Guerschon Yabusele (right ankle sprain).

Oh, there's potentially more than just those three.

In addition, Gordon Hayward (illness) and Al Horford (left knee soreness) are both listed as doubtful.

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