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Marcus Smart shows some fight, ejected for shoving J.R. Smith

Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics - Game Two Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

In what has been a sleepwalk through the preseason for the Celtics, Marcus Smart showed some life fight. Early in the first quarter in Cleveland last night, J.R. Smith and Aron Baynes got locked up in a rebound. After some pushing and hold-me-backs, Smith shoved Baynes and that ignited Smart. Smart looked to attacked Smith, but teammates Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier wrestled him to the ground. Unfortunately for Smart (and fortunately for Smith), he was ejected.

There’s history between the two. Smart-Smith I happened four months ago in the playoffs when Smith undercut a defenseless Al Horford. Three years ago, Smith elbowed then Celtic Jae Crowder, gave him a concussion, and sprained his MCL.

Just like last night’s UFC fiasco, the fight didn’t end between the lines:

The altercation did not spill out of the Q in some Rocky V street fight. Boston finished the preseason an anemic 1-3 with a 113-102 loss to the Cavaliers. These games don’t matter, but even with the preseason qualifier, this is the first sign of competitiveness that this scene has shown since Media Day two weeks ago.

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