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Marcus Smart, J.R. Smith fined for fight

Marcus Smart and J.R. Smith scrapped during the Celtics-Cavaliers preseason game Saturday. Then, just to make sure they drew enough attention to get fined, the two jawed through the media afterward.

NBA release:

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart and Cleveland Cavaliers guard-forward J.R. Smith have each been fined for their roles in an on-court altercation, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident, for which Smart was assessed a technical foul and ejected, occurred with 3:38 remaining in the first quarter of the Cavaliers’ 113-102 win over the Celtics on Oct. 6 at Quicken Loans Arena.

Smart has been fined $25,000 for escalating an on-court altercation by shoving Smith from behind. Smith, who was also assessed a technical foul for shoving Boston forward-center Aron Baynes, has been fined $15,000 for initiating the altercation.

Smart and Smith each have a history of testiness. It’s telling they couldn’t get through even a preseason game without incident.