Marcus Smart.

Marcus Smart receives $15,000 fine for obscene gesture

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This past Friday, the Boston Celtics celebrated a dramatic come from behind win over the New York Knicks.

The result, despite being followed up by a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, kept the Celtics well in the hunt for a high playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.

Unfortunately for one member of the Boston roster, the 105-104 win also came at a financial cost. That's after the NBA announced today that Marcus Smart has been fined $15,000 for making an obscene gesture towards officials during the TD Garden game.

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The incident that leaves the Celtics guard out of pocket occurred in the occurred in the closing stages of the third quarter against New York.

With Boston trailing the Knicks by two points and having just been called for an offensive foul, Smart grabbed his crotch as he shouted at the game official. As you can see from the photographic evidence, it certainly warranted the technical at the time, and fine that has followed.

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At only 22 and in his second year in the NBA, the former Oklahoma Sooners star is still learning the ropes when it comes to the pro game.

Having $15,000 taken out of his pay cheque for his actions this past weekend will certainly leave him in little doubt as to what is acceptable moving forward.

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Having also picked up a technical during the Celtics' Saturday night game against the Cavs - this time after questioning a referee's no call - Smart now has five technicals to his name this season. Of his Boston teammates, only Isaiah Thomas has as many during 2015-16.


Clearly, at times, Smart's competitive drive sees him overstep the mark. However, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens is wary of reigning the young star in too much:

"I think there is a fine line, for sure," Stevens said recently, via ESPN. "But I think you'd rather a guy be more competitive than not. And Marcus is really a great competitor.

"He gets frustrated, but he's a young player, and those are things that he can continue to learn. And again, I don't think you can just flip the switch on a person that's not as competitive. 

"When you bring that energy and competitive type of play, you're going to have some moments where you've got to reflect back and improve from it."

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Averaging 9.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game in this his sophomore season, Smart has played his part in the Celtics' impressive campaign.

With the franchise currently sitting in third spot in the East as the regular season draws to a close, Stevens will be hoping Smart can harness his determination and use it to help his team continue what has been a fine year.

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