Celtics guard Marcus Smart said his 63-year-old mother has been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer but that she implored him to rejoin the team for the start of the playoffs in hopes that she can watch Smart play again this season.
Smart said his mother, Camellia, revealed her diagnosis when Smart visited her in Dallas last week. Smart is currently rehabbing from thumb surgery but has said he’s targeting his return for a potential Game 7 in the team’s first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks. That game, if necessary, would be played on April 28.
Smart’s older brother, Todd, lost a long battle with cancer at the age of 33 in 2004, when Smart was just 9 years old.
Smart said he planned to travel home to visit his mother again soon, pending the results of a checkup she had Tuesday.
Green said Spurs forward Davis Bertans played a role in the incident, which occurred with 4:52 left in the contest, and warranted the same penalty. The two players were battling for position to collect a rebound. Bertans was sealed off by Green, and Bertans’ left elbow appeared to be planted near Green’s throat. Green reacted by swinging his right elbow into Bertans’ chest, and the follow-through appeared to make contact with Bertans’ chin.
“I think it was a little bit of a flop,” Green said at the podium, after producing nine points, five boards and six assists. “I don’t even know if I hit him, but if I did — I’m not saying I didn’t, I don’t know — but if it’s going to be a flagrant foul, shouldn’t it be a double flagrant? Like, I can just get grabbed around my neck? I’m not going to sit up here and say I did nothing. I’ve got to get someone off my neck, though. If you’re going to penalize me, then why not penalize both? That’s really my only thing.”
Green was animated and irate after the officials reviewed the play and made their ruling. Bertans then missed the free throw.
Green has one flagrant point on his record this postseason; if he exceeds three points, he will receive an automatic suspension for the following game. Green accumulated five flagrant points during the 2016 postseason, and it earned him a suspension for Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The Warriors, after going up 3-1 in the series, lost the final three games as Cleveland won its first championship.