Smart’s Short Fuse

If the title doesn’t trigger any memories for you of this last Saturday’s Celtics game (10/6) against the Cavs, please go to YouTube and type in “Celtics Cavs fight”. I’ve even provided a link for you here as I just think this is something every Celtic’s fan needs to see.

To recap, J.R. Smith (Cavs) and Aron Baynes (Celtics) got their arms tied up . Smith’s right arm got locked into Baynes’ left arm, and it took a few spins and a lot of flailing for them to get untangled from each other. After their release, Smith used both hands to shoved Baynes in the chest, while Baynes stayed out of trouble by putting both hands straight up and backing up. Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier III stood a few steps away at the three point line as the refs separated Smith and Baynes, who had already stepped away from each other at that point.

LITERALLY OUT OF NOWHERE Marcus Smart SPRINTS to the scene and hits Smith on the back of his head. Smith starts laughing and mocking him, using his hands to claim Smart is “all talk.” Smart continually chases after Smith, while officials and Ante Zizic move Smith away. Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier III work as a team to bring Smart to the floor. Tatum wraps his arms around Smart and Rozier gets his lower half to bring him down, as an official (lazy) puts his arm out and lets Tatum and Rozier take care of Smarts. At this point, security guards, officers, coaches, and team benches have joined the scene as well.

Now, I’ve written about Marcus before as part of my “Celtics Friday” posts. I wrote about him in this “Celtics Friday Injury Recap”  and explained his ligament/tendon damage in his right thumb. Remember how he got that? Oh yeah, he told ESPN that he punched a picture frame in his hotel room. He later tweeted “I want to take this time to express my sincerest apologies to my teammates, coaches, and most of all the amazing Boston Celtics fans. I’m embarrassed and disappointed in my actions. I swiped at and hit a picture frame on the wall. I feel like I let all y’all down”.

In this article “What’s Up Marcus Smart?”, I talked about how the renewed Celtic is now bound to a four year, $52 million deal with the Celtics. I had said that unlike those around me, I wasn’t sure how I feel about this decision yet.

I’ve made my mind up now.

Control your anger or get off our team, Marcus Not-So-Smart. I understand if you have stuff going on, but get it handled. If you have a high-profile job like this, and you represent Boston and the Celtics, please act accordingly with respect.

Image via Boston Herald.

4 responses to “Smart’s Short Fuse

  1. It’s called sticking up for your teammates!!! Also he’s a agitator, that’s literally his role as well as lockdown defended. Not sure why you wouldn’t want a guy like that on your team. Clearly everyone on the Cs want him there.

    1. I appreciate sticking up for your teammates, but no one wants a player who consistently makes bad, aggressive decisions like this. Remember when Kyrie’s knee was gone, Horford was sick, Jaylen had a concussion, Theis had a torn meniscus, and Larkin had an injury restriction? That’s when Smart decided to punch a picture and slice his hand up. That’s letting your team and teammates down… Seems to me like he’s overcompensating by “sticking up” for them now.

    1. Eh, not really. If he wanted to fight he should pick wrestling or boxing. Hitting Smith over the back of the head for an incident he wasn’t even involved in is too extreme. Also, Baynes clearly wanted NO PART in anything physical, so Smart should respect his teammate’s “call” and chill.

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