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Celtics’ Marcus Smart’s Ejection for Scuffle with Hawks’ Trae Young Has Twitter Shook

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Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) drives against Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 11, 2023, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Alex Slitz)

AP Photo/Alex Slitz

The Boston Celtics defeated the Atlanta Hawks 134-125 on Saturday night at State Farm Arena, but not before things got chippy between Marcus Smart and Trae Young in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter.

With 1:25 remaining in the game, Young drove to the basket and drew a foul on Smart. The Celtics point guard then jostled with the Hawks star before the two fell to the court and other players from both teams got involved.

Young appears to accidentally kick Smart in the groin area while driving to the basket, which could be why the Boston veteran became so incensed.

Both Smart and Young received technical fouls for the scuffle, but only Smart was ejected from the game.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Trae Young and Marcus Smart get CHIPPY 😳 pic.twitter.com/iPxje0RQRz

Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_

Pool report on Marcus Smart ejection. pic.twitter.com/pt3XOCjcLb

Following the game, NBA Twitter couldn’t believe what had happened:

Rod @rodimusprime

Marcus Smart body slammed Trae Young?!

smarfwater™ @smarfwater

marcus smart ejected um how why and in what world?

John Hollinger @johnhollinger

Smart reacting to a nut kick by grabbing Trae Young and then falling down is one for the all-time Marcus Smart pantheon.

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA

Technical foul on Young.

Technical foul and ejection on Smart.

Young to the line for two free throws, because somehow that shot didn’t count?

Pickswise @Pickswise

Trae Young vs. Marcus Smart: pic.twitter.com/TmGT3jrc3Y

The Wave @DjMoxswag

Man I know Marcus Smart ain’t slam Trae Young like that

Celtics (44-17) @Steven1Yd

That Marcus Smart Throw down was like a WWE slam down lol

Joey @jo_juice

Lol why Marcus Smart try and fight Trae Young?

J @Tall_Dark_Wavey

Omg why did Marcus smart suplex Trae young like … dear god that man has a family

Shane Wilson @sshanewilson

Marcus Smart with a fake tough guy move. #Hawks

Smart notched 11 points, one rebound and six assists in 36 minutes before being tossed, and Young finished with 35 points, three rebounds and 13 assists in 34 minutes.

It’s possible fines and/or suspensions could be handed out following the incident, as is typical with this kind of scuffle.

The Celtics improved to 47-21 with the win and sit second in the Eastern Conference, two games back of the first-place Milwaukee Bucks. The Hawks dropped to 34-34 and sit eighth in the East.

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