Report: Celtics’ Smart fined $15,000 for comments on officiating

Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart, right, heads to the basket past Milwaukee Bucks' Sterling Brown (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game. (Ashley Landis, Pool, AP)

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for comments about the officiating during Friday night’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, according to The Athletic‘s Shams Charania.

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.

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