Celtics' Marcus Morris fined $15K after accusing refs of targeting him

MILWAUKEE -- The NBA fined Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris $15,000 for public criticism of the officiating, the league announced Saturday.

After Friday's Game 3 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, Morris suggested that referees have been unfair to him recently, ever since he patted a ref on the backside following an ejection in late March.

"I can't even speak on [the technical], man," Morris said. "It's been the same s--- all year. I'm expecting it. They knew what they wanted before the game started. They knew who they wanted to go after. So that's on [the referees]."

Morris appeared incredulous when referee Sean Corbin whistled him for a technical foul -- the only one called in Friday's game -- after Morris said something when Thon Maker missed a free throw attempt. The technical was called after Boston had pulled to within 14 points early in the second half.

Before the playoffs, Morris began playfully tweeting at the NBA and apologizing to the referees after some calls went against him following the backside patting (Morris was not fined for the incident).

Morris' twin brother, Markieff, was fined $25,000 on Saturday for attempting to escalate an altercation and pushing a game official during the Wizards-Raptors series.