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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.”

NBA Rumors: Celtics staffer believes Tacko Fall is worth an investment

NBA Rumors: Celtics staffer believes Tacko Fall is worth an investment

Tacko Fall took the Las Vegas Summer League by storm not only with his size, but his ability to impact the game in ways players that big struggle to do consistently at the highest level. 

The Celtics got a front-row seat to Fall's play after signing the big man to an Exhibit 10 contract following the 2019 NBA Draft. He averaged 7.2 points, four rebounds and 1.2 blocks on 77 percent shooting to go along with some eye-popping dunks where he barely left the floor. 

It's up to Boston whether to carry him on the roster next season, and one anonymous Celtics staffer believes Fall is worth an investment, especially if he continues to develop at the rate he has been since the draft. 

The Celtics filled its last roster spot by signing Javonte Green to a partially guaranteed contract this week and have both two-way contract slots occupied by Max Strus and Tremont Waters. 

Boston typically brings in more than 15 players under contract into camp for competition purposes, but the Exhibit 10 contract gives Fall a guaranteed camp invite along with a $50,000 bonus if the Celtics waive him and want to sign him to the Maine Red Claws. 

It's difficult to see what the staffer means exactly by saying he's "worth an investment." But whether it means a full-time roster spot, a two-way deal or the $50,000 bonus to play in Maine all season, it's clear the Celtics want to give the 7-7 big man out of UCF an extended look this year. While Fall has a very long way to go before he can crack an NBA rotation, you can't deny how much fun it is to watch him dwarf the giants of the league. 

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WATCH: Brian Scalabrine swats Stephen Jackson's shot in BIG3 game

WATCH: Brian Scalabrine swats Stephen Jackson's shot in BIG3 game

Former Celtics forward and NBC Sports Boston's own Brian Scalabrine showed he still has a little something left over from his playing days during a BIG3 game Sunday. 

Scalabrine found himself guarding former scoring wing Stephen Jackson, and when Jackson went up for a reverse layup on the right side of the rim, Scalabrine was there to send it back. Since BIG3 basketball is played in the half-court, Scal's team quickly turned the play into two points. 

This shouldn't come all that surprising though. Say what you want about Scal's offensive game when he didn't have his jumper going, but the man was always an underrated post defender. 

Given the state of the Celtics frontcourt going into the 2019-20 season, could they use some of Scal's interior presence on the defensive end? Probably not, but that most likely won't stop him from sharing his highlights with Brad Stevens and the Celtics coaching staff. 

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