Cavs guard JR Smith was assessed a technical foul and fined $15,000 for allegedly initiating an on-court altercation with a Boston Celtics player during Saturday’s pre-season game at The Q, ESPN reports.
Smith and Boston forward-center Aron Baynes locked elbows and became entangled as Smith guarded Baynes toward the end of the first quarter of the game, according to an ESPN report. They then began shoving each other.
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Celtics guard Marcus Smart then got involved, running up to Smith and pushing him, the report states. A referee restrained Smith, and Smart’s teammates held him back – with teammate Jayson Tatum actually wrestling Smart to the ground.
Smart was ejected from the game on a technical foul and fined $25,000 for his part in the altercation, ESPN confirms.
Smith was all smiles during the incident, making a “chatterbox” motion with his hands while Smart was walked off court.
The Cavs went on to win against the Celtics, 113-102.
Smith appeared to express his reaction to the scruffle on Instagram the next day, posting an image of a forlorn-looking Wagner Moura playing Pablo Escobar in the Netflix series “Narcos,” with the caption: “#mood.” It generated a number of strong reactions from his followers.