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Jimmy Butler on Marcus Smart: ‘He’s a great actor, acting tough’

PHOTOGRAPH: Catholympique/Flickr | Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls

The Boston Celtics tied the series with the Chicago Bulls after a 104-95 Game 4 victory on Sunday night at United Center. During the game, Jimmy Butler had an altercation with Marcus Smart which led to double technical fouls.

“As far as the Marcus Smart situation goes, he’s a great actor, acting tough,” Butler said. “It’s what he does. But I don’t think he’s about that. I’m the wrong guy, to get in my face. No. So, he needs to take it somewhere else, because I’m not the one for that. Last time, too. We’re not going to sit here and get in each other’s faces like that. Like I said, he’s not about that life, so … calm it down.”

Earlier in the second quarter, Marcus Smart flopped after Isaiah Canaan took away the ball from him and got an easy basket. When Smart was about to inbound the Ball, things started to heated up between him and Jimmy Butler. The referee immediately entered the scene and separated the two players. Both Smart and Butler received technical fouls after the scuffle.

Fred Hoiberg says Isaiah Thomas carries the Ball every time he dribbles

Coach Fred Hoiberg praised Isaiah Thomas for his impressive performance in Game 4, posting 33 points, seven assists, four rebounds, and one steal. However, Hoiberg accused him of committing a violation every time he dribbles the ball.

“Let me say this: Isaiah Thomas is a hell of a player, an unbelievable competitor. He’s a warrior, everything he’s going through right now,” Hoiberg said, referencing the car accident that claimed his sister on the eve of the series. “He had a hell of a game. But when you’re allowed to discontinue your dribble on every possession, he’s impossible to guard. When you’re able to put your hand under the ball and take two or three steps and put it back down, it’s impossible to guard him in those situations.”

Hoiberg reached out the officials for the potential violation of Thomas and they told him that they’re going to watch for it. Meanwhile, the Celtics guard explained that it wasn’t the reason why he’s hard to defend. Thomas also thinks there is nothing to change with his dribbling since he’s been doing it all the time without being called.

Jimmy Butler, Bulls missing Rajon Rondo

The Bulls managed to upset the No. 1 seed Boston Celtics in the first two games on their home court. However, the Celtics returned the favor and beat the Bulls twice at United Center. Rajon Rondo’s absence proved to have a major effect on the Bulls’ performance.

Rondo missed the last two games after suffering a right thumb fracture in Game 2. Rondo’s return remains unknown but he believes he’ll be out for at least “couple of weeks”. Game 5 between the Bulls and the Celtics will be on Tuesday night at TD Garden.

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