In the second quarter of Sunday’s Game 4 between the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics, Bulls guard Jimmy Butler and Celtics guard Marcus Smart wound up face to face in a heated interaction.

After the game, Butler didn’t mince words when discussing the run-in.

“As far as the Marcus Smart situation goes, he’s a great actor, acting tough,” Butler said. “That’s what he does. But I don’t think he’s about that. 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.”

After being asked a follow-up question about Smart, Butler reiterated that, “He’s not about that life. Calm it down.”

Smart is known as a bit of a pest (and also an actor), and he joins a long legacy of NBA players accused of being fake tough guys who’ll get in opponents’¬†face but won’t go any further.

Not that Butler was exactly throwing punches. As the Bulls’ best player, he had the good sense to avoid an all-out altercation. Here’s a clip of the incident:

Butler scored 33 points Sunday compared to only 5 for Smart, but Smart got the last laugh in that his team won 104-95 to even the series 2-2.

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