Being a rookie in the NBA is lots of trial and error. As you fight for minutes and learn what works and doesn’t work in The Association, it’s a learning experience.
Boston’s Marcus Smart learned one tactic in particular that he probably should leave out of his game:
Seriously, that’s just filthy. Smart’s below the belt uppercut on Matt Bonner earned him a flagrant two, an ejection and ultimately, a suspension:
Celtics rookie guard Marcus Smart suspended by the NBA one game without pay for hitting Spurs forward Matt Bonner in the groin last night.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) March 21, 2015
It really makes you wonder: what could Matt Bonner possibly have done to warrant this? This is a guy who has never been known as an agitator and spends his free time blogging about sandwiches.