NBA Rumors: Celtics' Marcus Smart fined for Friday's comments about officiating

NBA Rumors: Celtics' Marcus Smart fined for Friday's comments about officiating

Marcus Smart has been disciplined for his comments made after Friday night's Boston Celtics-Milwaukee Bucks game.

The Celtics guard was fined $15,000 for criticizing the officials in his postgame press conference, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.


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Smart was irked by Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo being the beneficiary of multiple borderline calls, including an overturned offensive foul that turned into a blocking foul on Smart.

"The excuse was I was late on the charge. The replay center said I was late and it was a block," Smart said after the game. "Quite frankly, I think we all know what that was about. Giannis has 6 fouls. They didn't want to get him out. Let's just call a spade a spade. That's just what it is."

Smart wasn't the only Celtic bothered by the controversial calls. Jaylen Brown took to Instagram after Boston's loss to share his displeasure with a hilarious post featuring Antetokounmpo and a ref.

With all of that drama in the rearview mirror, the C's will move on to face the Portland Trail Blazers in the second game of their season restart. Coverage of that matchup will start Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET right here on NBC Sports Boston.

Celtics' Marcus Smart blasts refs for overturned Giannis Antetokounmpo foul call

Celtics' Marcus Smart blasts refs for overturned Giannis Antetokounmpo foul call

Marcus Smart didn't hold back after the Boston Celtics' 119-112 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.

The Celtics guard clearly was irked by Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks benefitting from some questionable calls, including an overturned foul call that would have caused Antetokounmpo to foul out late in the fourth quarter.

The first incident came with 2:30 remaining. Antetokounmpo appeared to foul C's big man Daniel Theis, but a review ruled it wasn't a "hostile act."

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Then, with the game tied at 107, Antetokounmpo was called for an offensive foul while driving on Smart, who got his feet out of the restricted area and looked to have taken a charge. Rather than it being Antetokounmpo's sixth foul, the call was overturned and Smart was hit with a blocking foul.

Antetokounmpo's basket counted, and he hit the free throw to give the Bucks a 110-107 lead and all of the momentum in the final minute.

Watch the controversial play below:

Smart called out the referees after the game when asked about the play.

"The excuse was I was late on the charge. The replay center said I was late and it was a block," Smart said. "Quite frankly, I think we all know what that was about. Giannis has 6 fouls. They didn't want to get him out. Let's just call a spade a spade. That's just what it is."

Yeah, it's safe to say he wasn't thrilled.

Smart's frustration is understandable. Especially after a game in which he contributed 23 points off the bench and was the primary reason the Celtics were able to keep up with the Bucks after a slow start.

Nonetheless, the C's simply have to eat the tough loss and move on to their next matchup inside the Orlando bubble.

They'll take on Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, and you can watch that game right here on NBC Sports Boston with coverage starting at 2:30 p.m.

Celtics vs. Bucks: Here's what happened in two previous games of 2019-20 season

Celtics vs. Bucks: Here's what happened in two previous games of 2019-20 season

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The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks will conclude their season series Friday night when they open their seeding game schedule from the NBA's Orlando bubble.

It will be the first game between these teams this season where Boston has its full lineup. Starting shooting guard Jaylen Brown didn't play in the first two meetings, and his presence Friday night should be a huge boost to the C's. Brown is having by far the best season of his career, including a 20 points per game scoring average. It should be noted that while Kemba Walker is available for the Celtics, he will be on a minutes restriction due to his knee. The C's are being very cautious with Walker to ensure he's in the best shape possible for the playoffs.

The Bucks will be without starting point guard Eric Bledsoe and reserve guard Pat Connaughton.

In case you forgot what happened in the two previous Celtics vs. Bucks games this season, here's a quick recap of each one.

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019 at TD Garden: Celtics 116, Bucks 105
The Bucks were in command of this game until the third quarter when the Celtics outscored them 38-18 to enter the fourth quarter with a 80-76 lead. Jayson Tatum was a huge part of that third-quarter run, and his two 3-point shots late in the quarter really swung the momentum in Boston's favor. His second of those 3-pointers even brought C's legend Paul Pierce out of his seat.

An 11-4 run to begin the fourth quarter helped Boston stave off a Milwaukee comeback attempt. The C's outscored the Bucks 74-47 in the second half. Kemba Walker led the Celtics with 32 points, 21 of which came in the second half. The Celtics didn't get much from scoring from their bench, but it didn't matter because the starters poured in 108 points (all five scored in double figures).

Boston did a nice job limiting Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who scored just 22 points. Khris Middleton, who has played very well against the C's in his Bucks career, led Milwaukee with 26 points. The Bucks shot just 14-for-45 (31.1 percent) from 3-point range.

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Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at Fiserv Forum: Bucks 128, Celtics 123
The Celtics nearly pulled off an awesome comeback but couldn't quite finish the job despite dominating the fourth quarter by outscoring the Bucks 36-22. Boston dug itself too large of a hole with an 18-point halftime deficit. Walker continued his strong play versus the Bucks with a game-high 40 points. He also led the Celtics with 11 rebounds. Marcus Smart scored 19 points in a starting role, while Tatum added 17 points on a disappointing shooting night (8-for-20). 

Antetokounmpo paced the Bucks with 32 points and 17 rebounds. Middleton scored 23 points and second-year guard Donte Divincenzo added valuable offense from the bench with 19 points, including a 4-for-6 mark on 3-point field goals.

HEAD-TO-HEAD STATS

PPG: Celtics 119.5, Bucks 116.5
FG%: Celtics .442, Bucks .405
3PT%: Celtics .356, Bucks .395
FT%: Celtics .813, Bucks .672
REB/G: Celtics 44, Bucks 47.5
AST/G: Celtics 20.5, Bucks 21
TO/G: Celtics 9, Bucks 12.5