Boston Celtics’ Smart fined US$15,000 for criticising foul call

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart was fined US$15,000 by the National Basketball Association (NBA) yesterday (August 1) for claiming referees changed a call Friday to keep Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo from fouling out.

Milwaukee Bucks’ George Hill, left, and Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart shake hands following an NBA basketball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Antetokounmpo seemingly picked up a sixth foul after he was called for charging when he crashed into Smart with 1:28 left in the game. Referees later changed the call to a blocking foul after video replay, and Antetokounmpo converted a tie-breaking three-point play that helped Milwaukee pull out a 119-112 victory.

Afterwards, Smart dismissed the explanation that officials changed the call because he was too late. “Quite frankly, I think we know all what that was all about. Giannis’ sixth foul and they didn’t want to get him out,” Smart said. “Let’s just call that spade a spade and that’s just what it is.”