Celtics' Smart fined $15K for criticizing refs

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Tim BontempsESPN

Celtics guard Marcus Smart was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Friday for public criticism of officials, money Smart himself predicted he’d lose when he went after the referees following Boston’s 108-87 road win over the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night.

“Really, just, I wish they would call the game the right way,” Smart said after the game, in which he got frustrated over foul calls in the third quarter and a confrontation with the Hornets’ Miles Bridges in the fourth. “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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Smart was furious with the referees first for getting called for a foul at each end of the court in a span of 11 seconds — his fourth and fifth of the game — midway through the third quarter,

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