Jimmy Butler recently questioned Marcus Smart’s toughness after an altercation in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference playoffs matchup between the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls. Butler’s comments reached Smart, who immediately gave a response.
“I laugh at that,” Smart said. “This is about Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls, not Marcus Smart vs. Jimmy. I ain’t gotta sit here and say this and that — I’m this, I’m that. I ain’t that type of guy. My actions speak harder than words. It ain’t hard to find me. But right now I’m focused on my teammates and this series.”
Marcus Smart defended himself and said that it was the first time his toughness was questioned. He also denied Butler’s comment that he’s not about that “life”. However, instead of firing back, the Celtics guard decided to keep his focus in their upcoming game.
“I ain’t gotta talk about what I am about. I could show you, but I’m not going to tell you,” Smart said. “So like I said, it ain’t hard to find me. And you heard him, he said, ‘I don’t think Marcus Smart’s about that life?’ Last time I checked, if you’re going to say somebody ain’t about that life, you should know, right? But like I said, we’re going to keep this Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics, not Marcus vs. Jimmy.”
Isaiah Thomas supports Marcus Smart in his decision to keep his focus in the game and stop engaging in a war of words. Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg recently criticized Thomas’ dribbling, saying that he’s committing a violation. However, the Celtics star decided to ignore the issue.
NBA Playoffs 2017: Boston Celtics eyeing to take the lead in Game 5
After losing the first two games, the Celtics managed to bounce back and beat the Bulls twice at United Center. Boston’s decision to use a small-ball strategy undeniably helped them even the series with the Bulls. With Game 5 heading back to TD Garden, the Celtics will surely grab the opportunity to take the lead.
Kevin Garnett’s words also motivate the Celtics to play harder every game, especially Isaiah Thomas who’s currently grieving the loss of his sister. Game 5 between the Celtics and the Bulls will be on Wednesday night at TD Garden.
NBA Playoffs 2017: Rajon rejoining the Chicago Bulls in Game 5
Coach Fred Hoiberg recently announced that guard Rajon Rondo will be ruled out for Game 5. However, according to ESPN, Rondo held a workout on Tuesday night to evaluate his fractured right thumb and ailing right wrist. The Bulls guard missed the last two games after suffering an injury in Game 2.
The Bulls undeniably missed his presence on the court. A source close to Rondo revealed that he really wants to rejoin the Bulls as soon as possible. Though he’s looking forward to returning in Game 6, Rondo is still open to playing in Game 5 once his condition gets better.
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