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Celtics suspend Marcus Smart, reportedly for missing flight

Celtics guard Marcus Smart

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 9: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics dribbles the ball during a preseason game against the Toronto Raptors on October 9, 2021 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Celtics just made a long-term investment into Marcus Smart. They view him as a leader.

But he’s apparently taking after one of the team’s young players.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston:

As long as this is an isolated incident, this is all pretty minor. Smart made it to Orlando. The veteran missing a preseason game won’t derail his preparation for the season.

If you’re high on the Celtics, there’s no good reason to back off now.