After Thursday’s win, Marcus Smart made it clear he wasn’t happy with how the refs called the game in Charlotte. He went as far to say, “You got to protect yourself. If that means I got to lose a little bit of money, I lose a bit of money.”
Well, Smart just lost a little bit of money.
The NBA announced on Friday Smart had been fined $15,000 for his “public criticism of the officiating.”
Smart seemed determined to get his point across after the win over the Hornets, so it’s unclear if one fine will stop him from speaking his mind about the refs.
Either way, it’s a battle he won’t win.