Marcus Smart ejected for punching Matt Bonner in the groin – Watch

Marcus Smart ejected for punching Matt Bonner in the groin - Watch

Marcus Smart was ejected from a game earlier this month against the Magic for an elbow to the face of Elfrid Payton. On Friday, Smart once again saw his evening end early. This time it was for contact he made to an area much lower than the shoulders.

“Like every other play, I was trying to get through a screen,” Smart told reporters after the game. “(Aron Baynes) screened me, (Bonner) tried to clean up the screen, and I tried to fight through. He had his arms up high — locked arms — and my body, the way (Baynes) hit me threw my body back, so it forced all my momentum to come forward, and (Bonner) just happened to jump in the way as I was trying to rip through and rip up, and he got caught.

“Like I told him, I wasn’t trying to intentionally do it, because if I was, obviously he wouldn’t have come at me the way he did. It was just something that was just a freak accident — inadvertent arm that happened to connect.”

Celtics coach Brad Stevens wasn’t happy about the ejection.

“You’ve got to be able to handle it,” Stevens said. “That’s something that hopefully he’ll mature from and grow from, but that’s something that, no matter how the game is going, no matter how frustrated you are, no matter how many times something hasn’t gone your way, you have to do the right thing.”

Smart had 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting with four assists over 23 minutes before his ejection Friday night.