Butler lifts Bulls to 104-103 victory over Celtics

Feb 19, 2017, 00:09
Butler lifts Bulls to 104-103 victory over Celtics

After going all game without doing much, Marcus Smart did cause the one second-half turnover with a signature "cobra" strike strip of Butler on the Bulls' next-to-last possession. Butler sank two free throws and iced the game, and afterward, the Celtics were not happy.

"As soon as Jimmy shot the ball, I heard him scream, 'No foul?!' As soon as he said that, the whistle blew and I looked, and I saw [the referee] raise his hand up for the foul", Smart said.

Once the final buzzer sounded, all of the attention was on Smart's foul of Butler.

"I'm one of the best defenders in this league".

He said: "I'd probably have to go with my favorite player who's not myself and that's Kyrie".

"Smart (BOS) makes contact with Butler's (CHI) arm that affects his jump shot attempt", the report reads. "When we were at full strength last week, we were playing pretty good basketball".

Wade missed his third straight game Thursday against the Celtics.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds in tonight's game against Chicago. Butler and Thomas both finished with 29 points and seven assists.

There was contact, but it was slight and usually the type of contact that is let go at the end of a close game.

The Boston Celtics didn't play their best game on Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls, making the kind of mistakes you expect just before the all-star break. The Celtics kicked away an early double-digit lead and had to rally back ahead in the fourth quarter.

Personnel changes on the team may be needed in order for that to happen once more and Butler has suggested two players he wouldn't mind sharing the court with, whether that be in Chicago or elsewhere.

On Friday, Butler was adamant that he wasn't getting preferential treatment on the call. "So rebounding was an issue", coach Brad Stevens said.

Point guard Marcus Smart was also frustrated.

He continues to give the Celtics a nice lift off the bench. Even then, it might not be a slam-dunk decision because teams are going to ask for Smart and part of Boston's treasure trove of future draft assets.

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