Celtics guard Marcus Smart had a brief-but-animated flare-up with assistant coaches on the Boston bench late in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s 123-108 loss to the Wizards and was sent to the locker room before the end of the game.
Smart, who had played 17 of the first 20 minutes of the second half, subbed out with just under four minutes remaining and the Celtics trailing by 13. A little more than a minute later, he started to walk toward the scorer’s table to check back in, but coach Brad Stevens immediately followed him. On the court, a turnover triggered the final TV timeout of the game.
“So he just wanted to go back in. And he had played 12 [consecutive] minutes or whatever, so he wasn’t going to go back in,” Stevens told reporters in Washington. Pressed on why Smart appeared upset, Stevens added, “He wanted to go back in badly.”
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN
Report: Earl Watson Fired as Suns Coach
Sources: Jameer Nelson Signs 1-Year Deal With Pelicans
Free-agent guard Jameer Nelson has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told The Vertical.
Nelson entered free agency Wednesday, when the Denver Nuggets waived him to create roster space to sign Richard Jefferson and allow second-year guard Jamal Murray to assume the starting point-guard role.
Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical
Bobby Portis Apologizes to Bulls for Mirotic Fight
Bobby Portis has apologized to his Bulls teammates for getting into a fight that left Nikola Mirotic with facial fractures and a concussion. “He didn’t address us today, but he did address the team before so that was taken care of,” Bulls swingman Justin Holiday said after Friday’s practice.
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg acknowledged that Portis’ apology took place during a team meeting but did not want to go into specific details about his message. “I’ll keep that between the team,” Hoiberg said, “as far as exactly what was said in that meeting.”
Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN