Boston's Smart fined for public criticism of officiating

The Associated Press
Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart reacts to a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Boston, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart reacts to a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Boston, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Boston guard Marcus Smart has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for public criticism of the officiating.

The NBA fined Smart on Friday, a day after his comments following the Celtics' 108-87 victory at Charlotte.

''Really, just, I wish they would call the game the right way,'' Smart said Thursday night. ''A lot of calls that they called, I didn't understand where the fouls were. And it just seems like whenever I get the ball and I'm on offense, I can't get a call. Nobody else is going to protect yourself. You've got to protect yourself. So if that means I've got to lose a little bit of money, then I've got to lose a bit.''

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