One Celtics player fined, another escapes punishment after game three incidents

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In Friday night's game three against the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics duo Marcus Smart and Isaiah Thomas were involved in separate incidents that span the spectrum of a 'physical altercation'. Both of then have been under review by the NBA since.

Smart was under scrutiny after what appeared to be a hugely exaggerated flop in the final five minutes of the Celtics' crucial win, whilst Thomas, for his part, appeared to land a blow to the head of the Hawks' Dennis Schroder that went unpunished by game officials.

Ahead of game four of the first round series this evening, the pair has now learnt their fate following separate rulings from the league.

As reported by Fox Sports, Smart has been fined the mandatory sum of $5,000 after the NBA deemed he had violated the "anti-flopping rules" with his late attempt to buy a foul against Atlanta. You can see his flop via this link.

Fortunately for Boston fans, the news regarding Thomas was more positive. With the league seeing his altercation with Schroder as a flagrant-1 foul, the diminutive point guard has avoided any fine or suspension for his actions.

Speaking on the decision, Thomas said:

"It was the right call...I'm really focused on Game 4, but I'm glad I wasn't suspended."

The incident had threatened to overshadow what was a phenomenal 42 point game from the 2016 All-Star. Now, though, he and the Celtics can look ahead to a crucial game four tonight.

In contrast, Schroder believes his opponent should be watching from the sidelines on Sunday:

"I still feel disrespected [about] what he did," the Hawks star said. "I [had] just scored a basket and tried to go back on defense and he smacked me. It had nothing to do with basketball.

"We talked with the referees before the playoffs, and what they told us is what he did to me yesterday is a suspension."

With the series finally poised 2-1 in favour of Atlanta, the decision could yet prove crucial.

Marcus Smart
Boston Celtics
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
NBA Playoffs
Dennis Schroder
Atlanta Hawks
Southeast Division
Isaiah Thomas

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