Celtics Coach: If Smart made a gesture, 'it's unacceptable'

The Chicago Bulls powered past the Boston Celtics 111-97 Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead over the Eastern Conference top seeds in their National Basketball Association playoff series, while the Toronto Raptors avoided falling into an 0-2 hole.

The NBA has fined Marcus Smart $25,000 for making an "obscene gesture" to a fan during last night's home loss to the Bulls, per an official release from the league.

After their 106-102 win in Game 1 on Sunday, most would anticipate this Bulls team to be content. "He got us good shots early to get us some confidence". That rubs off on all the other guys. Because of this, it was fair to speculate that a big man with the ball-skills, playmaking, and shooting range of Al Horford would give Lopez fits from the moment these playoffs tipped.

Thomas didn't speak publicly before or after either of those games, both Celtics losses.

"We definitely gained a lot of things out of these two games", he said. "He messes up your first option and then he knows the second option".

"He's so locked in".

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Thomas has by no means been the cause for concern offensively, but he's having a tough time navigating what Chicago are throwing at him. "We just had to play".

"I've been in the trenches with him before and he's always bounced back", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. He's been here before plus two NBA Finals with a championship to boot.

Wade and Rondo also shed some light on why the Bulls played so inconsistently throughout the regular season. He's a 5-foot-9-point guard - and a helluva player at that - but is asked to do too much for a player of his size. With Rondo at the offensive controls, the Bulls are finally playing the way everyone envisioned when Fred Hoiberg was hired - running and gunning up and down the court. "I wish it was tonight", he said. "I don't think it's nothing I've done as far as the mindset. I just try to lock in and.do what I can for my team".

The Celtics were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in his first playoffs in 2015, followed by a 4-2 series defeat in 2016 by the Atlanta Hawks.

They'll head home to Chicago with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven set thanks in large part to a vintage performance from Rajon Rondo. The Bulls didn't trail in the second half, using a 10-0 scoring run to build a 19-point lead in the fourth quarter on the way to a convincing win.

Michael Jordan had missed most of the season with a broken foot, but came back in the playoffs and was, well, Michael Jordan. "It makes it easy for it to go in". "Everyone did it together". It was won because everyone was on the same page and contributed to the greater cause. Of course, having Jimmy Butler play at an All-Star level has been the biggest factor for the Bulls. Instead, he chose to honor his sister by putting up 33 points, 6 assists, and 6 rebounds in a valiant effort against the Bulls Sunday night. "Sometimes when I'm not open I also shoot the ball". And we have to focus our time on trying to do our jobs as well as we possibly can. Generally, yelling at people and flipping them off is bad. They did not appear to be a threatening team. He only got eight shots in the first game and only 13 in the second game, but he's a special talent and deserves to have more.

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