Celtics guard Smart fined $25K for making obscene gesture
Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade eyes the loose ball as Boston Celtics guards Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart, top, land on the floor during the fourth quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, April 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017 4:58PM EDT
BOSTON -- Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for making an obscene gesture during Boston's first-round Game 2 loss to Chicago.
The league did not release video of the incident in announcing the fine Wednesday, but TNT's cameras appeared to show Smart giving someone the middle finger after missing a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter Tuesday night.
Boston coach Brad Stevens said during a conference call earlier in the day that he was aware of the video, but he couldn't tell exactly what Smart was doing in it. Though, he added that "if he made a gesture, it's inappropriate," and said he expected it would be handled by the league.
Smart played 27 minutes in the 111-97 loss, finishing with 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.
The Bulls lead the series 2-0. Game 3 is Friday in Chicago.