The Boston Celtics have suspended point guard Marcus Smart for the team’s final preseason game, scheduled for Friday against the Miami Heat.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania had more details.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and The Boston Herald’s Mark Murphy updated the situation later in the afternoon.
With Kemba Walker leaving in the offseason, Smart is now expected to share the Celtics start duties in the defense zone with newcomer Dennis Schroder. Smart set top professionals last season in points (13.1), assists (5.7) and minutes per game (32.9) in 48 games, including 45 starts.
Smart is also one of the best defenders in the NBA, having averaged at least 1.3 steals per game in each of his first seven professional seasons and has averaged 1.6 steals per game in his 449 career games. The 27-year-old was third in the league in steals during the 2018-2019 campaign with 143 and won the NBA Hustle Award that year too.
Additionally, Smart is a two-time first-team All-NBA defender, earning the nod in 2019 and 2020.
The Celtics open their 2021-2022 regular season against Walker and the Knicks at 7:30 pm ET on Wednesday.
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