Marcus Smart fined for postgame confrontation with referees (video)

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By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

The NBA announced Thursday Marcus Smart will be fined $35,000 for the verbal altercation he got into with officials after the Celtics 129-120 overtime loss to the Nets on Tuesday.

Smart had to be restrained by TD Garden security after the game when questioning officials about a call late in the fourth quarter.

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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 NBA's statement, in full reads:

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been fined $35,000 for confronting and verbally abusing the game officials, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. The incident occurred at the conclusion of the Celtics’ 129-120 OT loss to the Brooklyn Nets on March 3 … The amount of Smart’s fine also reflects his multiple prior violations of acceptable on-court decorum.

As noted in the statement, the seeming excess amount of the fine is due to Smart's previous run-ins with the NBA's disciplinary arm. According to Spotrac, this fine brings Smart's total bill to the league to a whopping $318,848. Spread out over his 44 infractions, that comes to $7,246.55 a fine. Here's hoping he feels like he's getting his money's worth.

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