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Celtics' Marcus Smart Fined $35K After Confrontation with Refs in Loss vs. Nets

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMarch 5, 2020

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) complains about a jump-ball call to referee Mitchell Ervin (27) during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
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The NBA has fined Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart $35,000 after he had to be pulled away from officials after Tuesday's loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Smart's fine Thursday, and Boston.com said the NBA confirmed as much shortly after:

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NBA announces Marcus Smart has been fined $35,000 for "confronting and verbally abusing" the game officials in Boston's OT loss to Brooklyn.

Smart fouled out of the 129-120 loss in overtime and had to be restrained by two members of the Celtics coaching staff while shouting at referee John Goble. He told reporters Wednesday that he was yet to hear from the NBA and was in the lineup for the Celtics' 112-106 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Marcus Smart had to be escorted off the court after having a heated conversation with the refs 😡 https://t.co/63KeiFUPkG

     

The Celtics led Brooklyn by three points with 0.2 seconds remaining when Smart was called for a foul on Caris LeVert, who knocked down all three free throws to send the game into overtime. 

NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe said the fine amount was a result of "multiple prior violations of acceptable on-court decorum."

Smart was fined $15,000 for an exchange with officials in November. Last season, Smart was fined $35,000 after getting into an on-court altercation with Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre Bembry.

VanDeWeghe noting Smart's history in announcing the fine makes it likely a more severe punishment—perhaps even a suspension—would come in the event of another incident. 

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