Smart: Giannis charge overturned because refs 'didn't want' him out

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The Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart was fined $15,000 on Saturday for criticizing the officiating following Friday night's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

"Wish we got a better one", Smart said when asked if he'd received an explanation for the call.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he will not force players to stand during the anthem, saying that "I respect our teams' unified act of peaceful protest for social justice and under these unique circumstances will not enforce our long-standing rule requiring standing during the playing of our national anthem".

In the first play, Antetokounmpo appeared to make a lot of contact with Daniel Theis' midsection. It was Giannis' sixth foul. That was what they told me.

With the Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks tied at 107 apiece in the final minutes of play, Smart drew a charge on Antetokounmpo, which would've fouled him out of the game.

Antetokounmpo's initial focus when the restart kicks off will be to not let that excitement overwhelm him and affect his game in a non-positive fashion.

"Smart was not established in a legal guarding position at the time of Antetokounmpo's gather on the driving shot attempt", the league said in its last two-minute report. We came up short tonight but I'm proud of my guys for fighting and that's what we've got to do.

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