Marcus Smart: I’m Not a Dirty Player

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Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart admitted the shot looked bad on tape.

“Looking at the film, it does look a little intentional. But that’s not who I am. I’m not a dirty player, nor was I trying to (hit Bonner below the waistband). But looking at the film, I can definitely see where that comes into play. The NBA made the right decision with the one-game suspension and I’m just glad to be back out here tonight with these guys.”

Smart’s flagrant-2 foul for the cheap shot on Bonner was his second such violation of the season, making him the only player in the league with multiple flagrant-2s. Still, he does not worry about earning a reputation as a dirty player.

“Not at all because I know I’m not,” he said. “My coach and my team and a lot of players that play know that I’m not a dirty player. I am a physical player, no doubt about that. But a dirty one, that’s not in my reputation.”

via Jay King of MassLive