Celtics guard Marcus Smart let his emotions get the best of him late in a home playoff loss to the Bulls on Tuesday, and now he's paying for it.
Late in the fourth quarter after missing a 3-pointer, Smart appeared to flip off, point atand shush afan on the sideline. In wake of the incident, the NBA announced Wednesday it levied a $25,000 fine against Smart.
“Obviously, I’ve been told of the gesture,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday during a conference call. “I saw a brief video clip of it but, from my clip, from the angle that I saw, I couldn’t tell. But obviously if he made a gesture, it’s unacceptable and that will be handled by the league.”
It was a frustrating night all around for Celtics players and fans during a111-97loss,dropping Bostonto a 2-0 deficit in the opening-round series.
Game 3 is Friday in Chicago.