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Marcus Smart Gets Thrown Out Of NBA Game He Wasn’t Playing In

The Grizzlies player, who isn't currently playing because of an injury, argued with officials on the basketball court.

On March 19, NBA player Marcus Smart was ejected from a game he wasn’t even suited up to play in. He was wearing street clothes at the time.

According to CBS Sports, the Grizzlies player, who has been out since January due to a torn thumb tendon, was thrown out of the game for arguing with officials on the basketball court. A feat that may be rare but that nonetheless took place at the Grizzlies home court at Golden 1 Center.

The incident occurred during overtime, with the Sacramento Kings leading by a score of 109-107 with three minutes left. Smart’s teammate Desmond Bane went to the basket to try to score, but although there was contact, no call was made. As the game got closer to ending and less than two minutes after that non-call, with the Kings extending the lead by a 115-107 score, the Grizzlies called a timeout, and Smart was not happy with the officials. He went to argue with them, and for doing so, he was ejected from the game.

A video clip posted to X shows the aftermath of him getting thrown out.

The Grizzlies battled back from being down by 12 points in the fourth quarter to tie the game, forcing the two teams to play overtime. The Kings (39-28) outscored the Grizzlies 16-6 in the overtime period to send the Grizzlies back to the locker room with a 121-111 loss.

The Memphis team continues to struggle without Smart and their top player, Ja Morant, who is out for the season after returning from a 25-game suspension earlier this season. The team fell to a record of 23-46 and played the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on March 20, losing that game 137 – 116.