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Celtics’ Marcus Smart on shoving Sixers’ Joel Embiid: ‘I’ll do it over again’

Marcus Smart, Joel Embiid

If you thought Marcus Smart was feeling any remorse for his altercation with Joel Embiid on Wednesday night, then you were sadly mistaken.

Smart was ejected during the Boston Celtics’ 118-115 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers for shoving Embiid to the floor after getting tripped up by the big man on defense.

“I’ll do it over again,” Smart told John Karalis of MassLive. “I’m going to protect myself at all times, especially if I don’t feel like I’m being protected out there like everybody else is. If you don’t want to clean it up, I’ll clean it up myself.”

It seems Marcus Smart has a keen viewpoint on keeping himself out of harm’s way. He missed time in January after suffering an injury to his shoulder, edging off a hard screen from Karl-Anthony Towns in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Joel Embiid himself wasn’t too troubled by the exchange, as he went on to tally 37 points, 22 rebounds and four assists for Philly in their first win of the season against Smart’s Celtics.

It’s possible we may see a rematch between the two teams at some point down the road in the NBA Playoffs. As it stands now, the Boston Celtics will play the Indiana Pacers in a first-round match-up. While there is still time for the Celtics to improve their seeding, they likely won’t run into the Sixers again until the later rounds.

Smart will be eager to settle the score whenever the time presents itself.