Celtics goalie Marcus Smart missed a team flight to Orlando, which resulted in his one-game suspension according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Smart was not active against the Magic as most of the Celtics’ rotation rested, but Ime Udoka – who declined to give more details on Smart’s suspension – said the veteran goalkeeper breached the one of the rules he had implemented before the season.
“It’s internal. We managed it, ”Udoka said. “He has remorse and we hold Marcus to a high standard. We made that clear from day one, so he will obviously be out tomorrow night. He is with us here on the trip. Just expect to move on, grow, and of course abide by the rules and principles of the team.
“Marcus is one of our leaders whom we expect a lot, he understands that. He has remorse and we’ll take it from there.
Smart also declined to provide details when repeatedly asked by reporters, saying only that the issue was between him and the Celtics and that both sides had handled it internally.
“I have already answered that. Next question, ”Smart said when a reporter asked about his conversation with Udoka.
Smart said it would be frustrating not to play in the team’s final preseason game – a tune-up for an opening night showdown against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
“It is what it is,” said Smart. “Like I said, we’re going to handle this internally, and it’s over and I can’t wait to get back to MSG and play, so we’ll see.”
Udoka noted that Payton Pritchard – who broke his nose against the Magic – will also miss Friday’s game against the Heat, further diminishing the opportunity to build chemistry and cohesion. The Celtics will also be without Al Horford and Jaylen Brown, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
“We won’t have the opportunity to see some formations that we obviously wanted to see,” Udoka said. “But we have to move on. We did it with Al and Jaylen as well. So we just had a great training session, added some new things for tomorrow and the week ahead and we will keep moving forward, the guys will have the opportunity. And then Marcus and the others will catch up when they come back in the next week. “
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