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Celtics’ Marcus Smart fined $35K for inappropriate language toward official

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been fined $35,000 for directing inappropriate language toward a game official, it was announced today by Joe Dumars, Executive Vice President, Head of Basketball Operations.

The incident, for which Smart was assessed a second technical foul and ejected, occurred with 2:46 remaining in the third quarter of the Celtics’ 150-117 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Jan. 3 at Paycom Center.

This is the fourth time that Smart — who played college basketball at Oklahoma State — has been fined for an incident that occurred during a Celtics-Thunder game. Here’s a quick recap:

  • Nov. 15, 2015: $2,000 fine for technical foul
  • Feb. 9, 2020: $2,000 fine for technical foul
  • April 27, 2021: $89,286 fine and one-game suspension for directing threatening language toward a game official.
  • Jan. 3, 2023: $35,000 for directing inappropriate language toward a game official.

According to Spotrac, Smart has now been fined a total of roughly $495,000 over his nine-year NBA career.

Credit: NBA

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