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Celtics’ Marcus Smart suspended one game for hitting Matt Bonner in the groin

Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

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Marcus Smart has been suspended one game for “hitting Matt Bonner in the groin,” the league announced on Saturday via official release.

Smart was issued a flagrant two foul and was ejected at the time, so the suspension doesn’t come as much of a surprise.

After the game, Smart essentially called the play an accident.

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After the game, Smart said he was trying to rip through a Bonner screen when he accidentally hit him.

“The way he hit me, it threw my body back so it forced my momentum to come forward,” Smart told reporters. “He just happened to jump in the way as I was trying to rip up [through a screen] and he got caught.”

Believe what you want, but that doesn’t appear to be what happened here, and in fact, if you look at the video, it appeared as though Smart caught Aaron Baynes in the same area before the incident with Bonner occurred.

Smart will serve the suspension on Sunday when his team hosts the Pistons.

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