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Boston Herald Feb 18, 2017
League says correct call made on Marcus Smart vs. Bulls

League says correct call made on Marcus Smart vs. Bulls

NEW ORLEANS — Upon further review, the NBA has ruled that the foul on Marcus Smart with nine-tenths of a second left in Thursday night’s Celtics game in Chicago was, indeed, the correct call.According to the league’s last two minute report, “Smart (BOS) makes contact with Butler’s (CHI) arm that affects his jump shot attempt. Any contact to a shooter’s hand, arm, or wrist prior to the release of the shot is considered a foul.”The foul was costly, in that Jimmy Butler’s shot had missed and the clock had run out on what the Celts thought was a 103-102 victory. But Butler made...
CSN Chicago Feb 17, 2017

Taj Gibson after Bulls' win over Celtics: 'I really wanted to get this one for Fred'

During an up-and-down season for the Bulls that's featured its share of struggles, Fred Hoiberg has taken as much heat as anyone.But apparently the seemingly
Blog a Bull Feb 17, 2017
A Breakdown of Jimmy Butler vs. Marcus Smart (and other Bulls/Celtics Takewaways)

A Breakdown of Jimmy Butler vs. Marcus Smart (and other Bulls/Celtics Takewaways)

If not for a foul call with 0.9 seconds left, the #TNTBulls streak could have been finished The #TNTBulls streak is alive thanks to the Chicago Bulls 104-103 win over the Boston Celtics. But the streak came very close to being broken, and it took a controversial call from the referees in the last seconds of the game the helped Chicago take the lead and win. It was some nervy offensive possessions for the Bulls but they were able to pull it off. With Dwyane Wade out once again, everyone knew the ball was going in Jimmy Butler’s hands during both of Chicago’s last-minute offensive...
Northwest Herald Feb 17, 2017

Butler lifts Bulls to victory over Celtics

CHICAGO – Jimmy Butler and Isaiah Thomas should have plenty to talk about when they see each other in New Orleans this weekend.
CSN New England Feb 17, 2017

Stars, studs and duds: 'Bad call' costs Celtics in loss to Bulls

As disappointed as the Celtics are with the loss, they know theres nothing they can do about it other than use it as added motivation going forward
CSN New England Feb 17, 2017

Thomas: 'A bad call cost us the game. . . that's horrible'

Hear from Celtics Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart, and Bulls Jimmy Butler reactions on the costly called foul from the Celtics 104-103 loss to the Bulls.

Celtics say ref handed Bulls win: 'A horrible call'

Celtics say ref handed Bulls win: 'A horrible call'
CSN New England Feb 17, 2017

Butler: ‘A foul is a foul. . . He hit my elbow, i don’t care what nobody says’

Jimmy Butler says that Marcus Smart did foul him with .9 seconds remaining in the Boston Celtics' loss to the Chicago Bulls
Boston Herald Feb 17, 2017
Celtics fall at end to Bulls

Celtics fall at end to Bulls

CHICAGO — The All-Star break landed like a hammer on the Celtics last night, thanks to a pair of Jimmy Butler free throws with 0:00.9 to play.Marcus Smart, who had made what appeared to be a game-clinching steal at the expense of the Bulls forward seconds earlier, fouled Butler in the process of attempting a last-second 18-footer at the United Center.The result was a 104-103 victory for the Bulls over the Celtics, who lost for only the second time in the last 13 games.The Celtics go into the All-Star break with a bitter taste in the mouth following the loss, which took some luster off a...
Boston Herald Feb 17, 2017
Celtics notebook: Brad Stevens loves look of his team

Celtics notebook: Brad Stevens loves look of his team

CHICAGO — The All-Star break starts today, and for players it’s time to wonder whether the uniform will stay the same. For coaches, though, it’s time to ignore all of that outside noise.Brad Stevens, asked before last night’s game against the Bulls about what he would like to add before next Thursday’s 3 p.m. trading deadline, kept his wish list modest.“I’d just like to have 15 available bodies. So it’s not my job. My job is to coach the guys,” said the Celtics coach. “And I like our team. I’m really impressed with the way other guys have come on and helped us.“Not...
Boston Herald Feb 16, 2017
Butler lifts Bulls to 104-103 victory over Celtics

Butler lifts Bulls to 104-103 victory over Celtics

CHICAGO — Jimmy Butler and Isaiah Thomas should have plenty to talk about when they see each other in New Orleans this weekend.Butler made two free throws with 0.9 seconds left, sending the Chicago Bulls to a 104-103 victory over Thomas and the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.Butlers clutch foul shots capped a memorable duel with fellow All-Star Thomas in the NBAs final game before the break. Butler and Thomas both finished with 29 points and seven assists.Butler was touched on the right elbow by Marcus Smart on a turnaround jumper as the horn sounded, drawing a foul. Butler calmly patted...
CSN Philly Feb 16, 2017

Best of NBA: Bulls sneak past Celtics on Butler's last-second free throws

Jimmy Butler made two free throws left with 0.9 seconds left to give the Bulls a 104-103 win over the Celtics. That and more from Thursday's NBA action.
CSN Chicago Feb 16, 2017

Fast Break Morning Update: Bulls beat Celtics to wrap up first half of season

In today's edition of the Fast Break Morning Update, the Bulls concluded the first half of the season with a 104-103 win over the Celtics.
CSN New England Feb 16, 2017

Controversial call on Smart proves costly in Celtics 104-103 loss to Bulls

Jimmy Butler makes two free throws with 0.9 seconds left to lift the Chicago Bulls to a 104-103 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.
Blog a Bull Feb 16, 2017
Bulls vs. Celtics Recap: Jimmy Butler Wins the Game with Two Final-Second Freethrows as Chicago Tops Boston 104-103

Bulls vs. Celtics Recap: Jimmy Butler Wins the Game with Two Final-Second Freethrows as Chicago Tops Boston 104-103

The Bulls’ last possession of this game will surely be one of the most controversial of the NBA season. After a welcome-home win against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, Chicago closed out the pre-All Star break NBA season with a 104-103 victory over the Boston Celtics. The game featured a battle between two of the East’s biggest stars that went down to the wire, and the call that decided the game is one that will spark quite a bit of controversey for those wary of “Star calls” and NBA officiating in the closing seconds of games. The Celtics came out red hot to start the game,...
Sports Illustrated Feb 16, 2017

Watch: Bulls beat Celtics after amazingly phantom foul call

There’s not much of an argument that this was a bad call.
CSN Chicago Feb 16, 2017

Jimmy Butler bests Isaiah Thomas down the stretch as Bulls top Celtics

The stage was set for Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas to do what he had done all year: take over a close game late in
CSN New England Feb 16, 2017

Haftime stars, studs and duds: Butler keeps Bulls within striking distance

Celtics take a 58-52 lead into the half against Chicago, doing enough at both ends of the floor to keep a decent amount of distance between themselves and the Bulls.

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