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Fans React To Marcus Smart Being Ejected Sunday

Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics in action during the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center on March 17, 2023 in Portland, Oregon. The Boston Celtics won 126-112. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement
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The Boston Celtics blasted away the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, 137-93, and it would’ve been a rather uneventful easy win for a championship contender such as Boston, had it not been for an incident late in the third quarter.

Starting guard Marcus Smart was assessed two technical fouls, which caused him to be ejected with 1:14 left in the period.

Luckily, it had little, if any impact on the game, as Boston was up by 16 at the time and kept extending its lead afterward.

But fans were perplexed as to exactly what happened and why Smart was tossed.

Some went as far as to blame the referees.

NBA referees have faced lots of criticism for many years as a result of what fans see as biased officiating or even trying to control the outcomes of games or penalizing players for showing emotion that isn’t directed at officials.

But this season it may be going too far, at least in the eyes of some.

The Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young was tossed from a game on Saturday after throwing the ball hard at a referee, and on Sunday, Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vucevic was ejected after complaining about a foul called on him that was clearly the correct call.

Many fans and observers want to see referees attempt to de-escalate such situations and only eject players as a last resort.

Regardless, this win was the Celtics’ third in a row, and it brought them 1.5 games within the Milwaukee Bucks, who have the best record in the entire NBA.

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