WATCH: Celtics' Marcus Smart appears to flip off a fan during Game 2 loss to Bulls

After an impressive regular-season campaign that saw them grab the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference -- albeit with more than a little help from the Cleveland Cavaliers -- the Boston Celtics are in a shocking 2-0 hole after the first two games of their first-round series against the Chicago Bulls

It's been a frustrating few days for the Celtics, who, at least in Rajon Rondo's mind, seemed to give up late in Game 2. That frustration was certainly on display, as we saw Isaiah Thomas yelling at Marcus Smart on the court. 

But Smart wasn't just on the receiving end of the frustration, as he displayed his feelings as well, by apparently flipping off the crowd midway through the fourth quarter. With the Celtics down 14, Smart let a triple fly, but it clanged off the back of the rim, which didn't appear to sit well with someone in the stands. 

As Smart made his way down the floor, Smart gave them the bird, then pointed at someone in particular, though it's impossible to tell who. 

Smart sends someone, possibly in the crowd, a message.


This is obviously not a good look for Smart, and he could possibly be fined, but it's also not the end of the world. 

It's been an incredibly emotional week for the Celtics, and they were getting crushed on both ends of the floor Tuesday night. While we don't know what the person(s) said to set Smart off, I would not be surprised in the slightest if they crossed the line. Sports fans tend to do that a lot. He's struggling, the team is struggling, and someone probably yelled something mean at him, and he responded. 

And yes, it was dumb. He shouldn't have done it. But moments like this happen to everyone. It's not that big of a deal. 

NBA Writer

Jack Maloney lives and writes in Milwaukee, where, like the Bucks, he is trying to own the future. Full Bio

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