As soon as Jimmy Butler went off on Marcus Smart after GM4, almost every reporter that knew they were going to be able to talk to Marcus Smart before Game 5 was probably counting down the seconds to ask him about it.
“I laugh at that,” replied Smart. “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.
“I ain’t gotta talk about what I am about. I could show you, but I’m not going to tell you. 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.”
“Just let it go. Just like, Gerald did a good job talking to me. I told him, ‘I’m good.’ And I just keep thinking I’ve already lost too much money this season. So no need to give up any more.”
The money he “lost” was $25,000 for the not-so-smart decision of giving a fan the middle finger in Game 2.
Here’s what Jimmy had to say about Marcus after Game 4.
“As far as the Marcus Smart situation goes, he’s a great actor. Acting tough, that’s what he does. But I don’t think he’s about that, and I just don’t think — I’m the wrong guy to get in my face. He needs to take it somewhere else, because I’m not the one for that.
“That’s the first time. The last time, too. We’re not going to sit here and get in each other’s faces. He’s not about that life, so he’s calming down.”