Celtics’ Marcus Smart accidentally throws the ball at the referee’s head twice


Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will always go out of his way to make good defensive plays, and he doesn’t care who gets in his way.

Even a referee.

Playing against the Chicago Bulls on Monday night, Smart deflected a pass from DeMar DeRozan to Zach LaVine, and instead of going out of bounds, the ball hit referee Marc Davis on the head and stayed inside.

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DeMar DeRozan #11 of the Chicago Bulls dribbles past Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics during the first half at United Center on October 24, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Smart, recognizing this, sprinted and tried to keep the ball in bounds. But Davis was once again on the way. Smart bounced him off his head for the second time instead of bouncing him off the hardwood.

Davis announced the ball was out on Smart, and they both smiled as both teams braced themselves for the inbound pass.

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Smart’s Celtics were also unable to claim victory in the game as the Bulls took a 120-102 win on their home turf.

DeMar DeRozan #11 of the Chicago Bulls looks on against the Boston Celtics during the first half at United Center on October 24, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois.

DeMar DeRozan #11 of the Chicago Bulls looks on against the Boston Celtics during the first half at United Center on October 24, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois.
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DeRozan was the team leader in points, finishing the game with 25 as well as five rebounds and five assists. Ayo Dosunmu, the Bulls point guard, also felt with 22 points, six rebounds and two assists.

LaVine added 19 points, while Nikola Vucevic went crazy around the rim, shooting 23 rebounds and picking up 18 points.

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Smart would finish with 11 points, six assists and a rebound, while Jayson Tatum led Boston with 26 points and eight boards. Jaylen Brown also had 21 points with six rebounds and two assists.

Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics handles the ball during the game against the Orlando Magic on October 22, 2022 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics handles the ball during the game against the Orlando Magic on October 22, 2022 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
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It was the Bulls’ second win of the season, moving to 2-2 as the Celtics lost their first game of the year and are now 3-1.


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