Boston Celtics G Marcus Smart has been fined $35,000 for a verbal altercation with referees.
On Tuesday night, Smart was called for his sixth foul late in the Celtics’ loss to the Brooklyn Nets. He had to be escorted off the court as he yelled and pointed at the officials. The league handed down the punishment on Thursday. The NBA also stated, “the amount of Smart’s fine also reflects his multiple prior violations of acceptable on-court decorum.”
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the news via Twitter on Thursday.
Smart is averaging 13 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game in 32.2 minutes. He has played in 50 games, starting in 36 of them. If he keeps the same pace, the points and assists numbers will be career highs for the combo guard.
The Celtics would go on to lose the game in which Smart was escorted off the court in overtime. The Nets scored 51 points in the fourth quarter, closing the game out in the extra period. Smart will be available to play in the Celtics’ Friday night game against the Utah Jazz.
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