Marcus Smart ejected after shoving Joel Embiid as Sixers-Celtics showdown gets heated


Marcus Smart did not endear himself to Sixers fans Wednesday night.

The Celtics’ guard was ejected for a Flagrant 2 foul with 11:06 left in the third quarter. Smart wasn’t a fan of a Joel Embiid screen that caused him to fall to the ground. After rising to his feet, Smart took a cheap shot at Embiid, shoving him to the floor.

Embiid had to be restrained by his teammates. Tobias Harris was first to jump in front of the big man and prevent a potential physical confrontation with Smart. Embiid received a technical foul on the play, which you can watch in the video above.

As he left the floor, Smart egged on the rabid crowd at Wells Fargo Center, encouraging them to increase the volume of boos. Smart, who posted three points and four assists in his 19 minutes, waved goodbye as he went down the tunnel. Semi Ojeleye later stepped into the Celtics’ rotation in Smart’s place.

The Sixers went on an 8-1 run immediately following the ejection, with all eight points scored by Embiid. He scored 15 points in the third quarter.

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