Jimmy Butler vs. Marcus Smart Is NBA’s Next Rivalry
We’ve been down this road before. We have a star player who is bothered by the peskiness of a good, not great, player. As a whole, the Chicago Bulls-Boston Celtics might be reaching the chippiest series of them all, but the main focus is on Jimmy Butler and Marcus Smart. Bulls best player took some unprovoked shots at Smart, and if he did a little research, this might not the be the guy to go after. And we must ask the question – Fight night in Beantown on Wednesday night?
Jimmy Butler vs. Marcus Smart fistfight scheduled for halftime of Game 5 pic.twitter.com/DSd75GHwL0
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Butler channels his inner Zach Randolph calling him a ‘Shadow gangster’ without saying it. Smart isn’t a guy though who is that if you know his background. He comes from a tough upbringing where he had to hustle his way much like what Butler went through. These two players are some of the toughest in the league even if Smart comes with the Lance-level theatrics to his game. But part of Smart’s role on the team is to get inside the head of the star player on the opposing team which is exactly what happened here. The job has been done. Just like Delly frustrated Kyle Lowry after Game 1, this is no different.
I don’t think we’ll see a fight, but I look for a future headline where one threw a drink at the other one in a Vegas nightclub come July 4th weekend.