PHILADELPHIA — Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart was less than one minute to the 3rd quarter of Wednesday night’s game against Philadelphia for a two-handed shove into the back of 76ers star Joel Embiid.
Smart caught tied up with Embiid at the 11:08 mark of the next quarter when trying to sneak a pass intended for the center on the margin.
Two seconds later, after Boston inbounded the ball following the stoppage in play, Embiid captured Smart wanting to go by him using everything appeared to be an elbow into the left ribcage. Smart then dropped to the bottom, but no call was made.
As Embiid afterward began to walk off, Smart awakened, took a measure and gave Embiid a two handed push in his spine, with both arms fully stretched. That sent Embiid sprawling to the ground from the cornerand he instantly leapt to his feet and tried to dash back at Smart, together with officials, officials and security guards and players in both teams preventing things from slipping further.
After an extended inspection, the officials struck Smart having a flagrant foul 2 — leading in an immediate ejection. As the telephone was announced, Smart was steered off the courtroom from the fans from Philadelphia, and he increased his right hand into the crowd to egg them as he walked through the tunnel and back into Boston’s locker room.
Embiid, meanwhile, was hit by a technical foul for his role in the play.
The Sixers would go onto win the game 118-115, their initial victory over the Celtics in 2013.
“I have been hearing that these guys might guard me a lot better than other people, therefore I needed to appear and show that I’m definitely the most unstoppable player from the match,” Embiid told ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth following the win.
Smart left without speaking to reporters.