Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been suspended for one game after an incident involving San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner.
The Celtics' Twitter account confirmed the league's decision:
Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com reported Smart was handed a flagrant-2 foul along with being ejected from Friday night's game after striking Bonner in the groin area. Afterward, the rookie out of Oklahoma State tried to explain the situation.
"Like I told him, I wasn't trying to intentionally do it, because if I was, obviously he wouldn't have come at me the way he did," Smart said. "It was just something that was just a freak accident—inadvertent arm that happened to connect."
He's now slated to miss the Celtics' clash with the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.
The Celtics are already thin in the backcourt as Isaiah Thomas has been out of action since March 9 with a back injury. Expect Evan Turner to receive the majority of the Celtics’ minutes at the point against the Pistons.
They enter Saturday’s action tied with the Indiana Pacers for eighth in the Eastern Conference, just two games back of the Miami Heat for the seventh seed.