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Marcus Smart Yells At Celtics Staff, Issues Apology



During the Boston Celtics’ 123-108 loss to the Washington Wizards former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart got into a heated argument with Celtics assistant coaches on the bench.

Head coach Brad Stevens sent Smart to the bench towards the end of the game. When Smart got upset — apparently due to Stevens not putting him back in the game — an argument took place between Smart and assistant coaches on the bench, with Smart eventually being sent to the locker room.

“He just wanted to go back in,” Stevens told reporters after the game. “And he had played 12 (straight) minutes or whatever so he wasn’t going to go back in. He wanted to go back in. He wanted to go back in badly.”

Smart said the incident was a difference of opinion, “[It was] just coaches and players. They are real passionate about the game and hate losing, having a different opinion about certain things in the game.”

Later Smart issued an apology via his Twitter account.

Smart started in place of injured guard Avery Bradley and scored 13 points (4-13) and grabbed five rebounds in 32 minutes.

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