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NBA: Boston’s Thomas fined for cursing at heckler

/ 09:40 AM May 11, 2017
BOSTON, MA - MAY 10: Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics talks with Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards during the second quarter of Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at TD Garden on May 10, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. 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.   Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics gestures during Boston’s Game Five against Washington in the Eastern Conference Semifinals at TD Garden on May 10, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Wizard’s Bradley Beal #3 look on. AFP

NEW YORK, United States — Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas was fined $25,000 (23,000 euros) by the NBA on Wednesday for making a profane remark at a heckler during a playoff game at Washington.

Thomas made his expletive-laced remark to the spectator during Boston’s 121-102 loss to the Washington Wizards last Sunday, a defeat that left the sides level at 2-2 in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference second round series.

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Thomas scored 53 points in a game-two Boston victory but has been contained in the past two contests by Wizards defenders.

The punishment for “directing inappropriate language toward a fan” came only hours before the teams were set to meet for game five in Boston, with game six set back in Washington on Friday and a seventh game, if needed, to be played in Boston on Monday.

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Either the Celtics or Wizards will advance to face the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals with that winner advancing to next month’s NBA Finals.

Thomas averaged 25.6 points, 5.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds a game this season for the Celtics, who had the best record in the East at 53-29 and would own a home-court edge on Cleveland if they advance. The Cavaliers would have the home-court edge over Washington. CBB

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