Marcus Smart, J.R. Smith fined by league for Saturday altercation

Marcus Smart, J.R. Smith fined by league for Saturday altercation

The NBA has fined Marcus Smart $25,000 and J.R. Smith $15,000 for their actions in Saturday night's Celtic preseason loss to the Cavaliers in Cleveland.

During a first-quarter scuffle, Smart shoved Smith from behind after Smith and Aron Baynes got tangled up. Smith responded by shoving Baynes.

Cavaliers and Celtics players held on to Smart and Smith to prevent them from fighting.

The incident, for which Smart was assessed a technical foul and ejected, occurred with 3:38 remaining in the first quarter of the Cavaliers' 113-102 win over the Celtics on October 6 at Quicken Loans Arena.

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National Basketball Association discipline boss Kiki VanDeWeghe fined Smart $25,000 for escalating the altercation and Smith $15,000 for initiating it.

Smart told reporters that he gestured for Smith to meet him in the back.

"We can handle that off of the court". Smart was ejected while Smith stayed in the game.

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