Marcus Morris Fined $15,000 for Publicly Criticizing Refs After Game 3

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 22, 2018

Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris looks for a foul call after driving to the basket against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)
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Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris was assessed a $15,000 fine for publicly criticizing the officials Friday after his team's Game 3 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, per Jared Weiss of The Athletic.

"I can't even speak on it, man," Morris said about the calls after the game, per Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com. "It's been the same s--t all year. I'm expecting it. They knew what they wanted before the game started. They knew who they wanted to go after. So that's on [the referees]."

Morris was called for a technical foul in the third quarter of the 116-92 loss at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Marcus' brother, Markieff, was also fined $25,000 Saturday for escalating a situation in Game 3 vs. the Toronto Raptors, the NBA announced (h/t Candace Buckner of the Washington Post).

Marcus Morris' technical fouls have been up this season, matching a career high with 11. He was also ejected twice after only being tossed once in the first seven years of his career.

He also complained about the officials after his ejection earlier this month, saying "the refs overreacted," per Tom Westerholm of MassLive. However, he also swore his behavior would be better in the playoffs.

"I promise I won't get no techs, unless we're just getting blatantly cheated," the Celtics forward said. "I want my team to win, so I won't put my team in jeopardy or anything like that."

Boston had been losing most of the game, so his actions didn't seem to matter to the score, but he clearly broke his promise about getting a technical.

On the other hand, Markieff knew exactly what he was doing, earning a technical foul just minutes into the Washington Wizards' matchup with the Raptors.

"We needed some physicality," he said after the game, per Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN.com. "I felt like when we played them in Toronto, they did everything too freely. So this is me trying to set the tone for how we need to play the whole series, especially on Sunday."

Both players will be back in action for Game 4 of their respective series, although they will hope their comments and actions don't lead to more punishments going forward.

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