Sideshow Rob's enigmatic-as-ever Chicago Bulls team now finds themselves up two games on the Eastern Conference's #1 overall seed with the series headed back to Chicago, and Robin Lopez himself has established a presence as the team's X-Factor in their matchup with Boston.
Smart has won over fans with his hard-nosed play, but flipping the bird to a Celtics fan isn't going to help with the player's critics.
Following Tuesday's loss, the Celtics are now down 2-0 to the Bulls with Game 3 scheduled for Friday night (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) at United Center.
Smart's gesture came after he missed a three-pointer with the Bulls up by 14 points in a game in which the Celtics, the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference, were booed periodically by their home fans.
Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points for Boston.
The Bulls, 41-41 in the regular season, are attempting to become the sixth No. 8 seed to upset a No. 1 in the first round - and the first since the Philadelphia 76ers upset Chicago in the 2012 playoffs. At the same time, I have been overwhelmed by the love and support that I have received and couldn't be more thankful for my friends, family, fans, the City of Boston, Celtics organization, and National Basketball Association community. The series, now tied 1-1, shifts to Milwaukee for Game 4 on Thursday. 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.
Six Bulls finished in double figures, with Robin Lopez scoring 18, Paul Zipser 16 off the bench and Nikola Mirotic 13. So there's some guys that can do that, and we're fortunate to have one of them. "I got to my spot and let it go".
Thomas was again unavailable to the media after the game.
"It's not ideal for us", Crowder said.