Marcus Smart on Jimmy Butler questioning his toughness: 'Ha ha'

Following Boston's Game 4 win at Chicago on Sunday, Isaiah Thomas was asked about Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg's comments that he carried the ball.

Riding excess momentum into Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals after stealing Games 3 and 4 at the United Center in Chicago, the Boston Celtics have a prime opportunity to silence any rumbles of a potential first-round exit at the hands of the Bulls by recording a triumph in Game 5. The Bulls won both of those contests while the Celtics struggled to defend.

But it seems Butler isn't buying into Smart's tough guy act. "I ain't gotta talk about what I'm about". I'm the wrong guy to get in my face. My actions speak harder than words.

"You know I mean of course we appreciate Al and all of the many, many years of you know just outstanding effort and energy that he's given us it was hard to see him go as well as Jeff Teague you know what I mean?"

"You heard him say, 'I don't think Marcus Smart is about that life.' Last time I checked, if you're going to say someone ain't about that life, you should know, right?"

"Out of everything I do on the court, he wants to bring that up", Thomas said.

Smart questioned Butler's assertion, saying, "If you're going to say somebody ain't about that life, you should know it, right?"

But Smart, who was the last player on the practice court, getting up shots 45 minutes after the Celtics' workout ended, said he wants to keep the focus on basketball and helping Boston build on its momentum from winning the past two games to even the series at 2-2.

As the series between the Hawks and Wizards and Celtics and Bulls each enter pivotal Game 5s on Wednesday night, the tension and pressure is surfacing all over the place.

Yet here he is with a big role and a huge assignment, going against one of the league's best point guards in a high-pressure situation.

"I only know one way to dribble". "I believe everything happens for a reason, and you never foresee what it may be". "It gives them a different look, it kind of throws off things", Dwyane Wade said in his description of Jimmy Butler as a teammate. Today was a good day mentally.

  • Stacy Allen