Late in the fourth quarter, Smart slipped in front of a driving Giannis Antetokounmpo as he powered to the rim. A charge was initially called but eventually overturned, and Smart noted that the official explanation from referees was that he was too late.
“Quite frankly, I think we know all what that was all about. Giannis’ sixth foul and they didn’t want to get him out,” Smart said. “Let’s just call that spade a spade and that’s just what it is.”
The Celtics lost the game in a chippy overtime, and now sit 3.5 games back of the defending champion Toronto Raptors.