Marcus Smart Fined $25,000 for Giving Fan Middle Finger in Game 2 vs. Bulls

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistApril 19, 2017

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 18:  Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics celebrates after scoring against the Chicago Bulls during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on April 18, 2017 at TD Garden in Boston, MA. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The NBA fined Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart $25,000 on Wednesday for "making an obscene gesture on the playing court" during the team's 111-97 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday in Game 2 at TD Garden, according to USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt.

With the Celtics trailing by 14 midway through the fourth quarter of their first-round Eastern Conference matchup, Smart appeared to give a fan the middle finger after he missed a three from the right wing on the preceding possession:

After the game, head coach Brad Stevens called Smart's actions "unacceptable," according to's Jay King.  

Following Tuesday's loss, the No. 1-seeded Celtics are down 2-0 to the No. 8 Bulls with Game 3 scheduled for Friday night (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) at United Center. 


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