Report: Celtics’ Marcus Smart avoids fine for voicing frustrations about foul calls after loss to Rockets
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will not be fined after voicing his frustrations about foul calls after Boston’s loss to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, according to Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe.
After the Celtics lost to the Rockets, Smart told Celtics reporters he wasn’t pleased how the Rockets got more calls than Boston on Tuesday.
The heart and soul of the Celtics said he and his star teammates weren’t treated the same by the officials as Rockets All-Stars James Harden Harden and Russell Westbrook:
“Thought I did,” Smart responded when asked if he’s worthy of star treatment, per The Athletic’s Jared Weiss. “First team all defense, one of the best defensive players in the league, I would think so. Up for defensive player of the year, they’re talking, but obviously not. Continue to keep working.
“I mean, we have Jayson Tatum, we have Kemba Walker, All-Stars, we have Jaylen Brown, potential All-Star, we have Gordon Hayward, was an All-Star. We got star guys, too. If that’s the case, we should be getting the same calls that those stars are getting.”
Smart is averaging 12.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists on the season for the Celtics. He’s shooting 37.8 percent from the field, 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 83.9 percent from the free-throw line.
The Celtics are 37-16 on the season. They are in third place in the Eastern Conference standings.
At this point, Marcus Smart should be happy he’s not getting fined, as he has already given a lot of his career earnings to the NBA office.