Gerald Green's (heel) status up in air as Celtics prepare for Chicago

Ross Houston
February 17, 2017

This game also gave us a supremely cold-blooded burn: This high-five in Marcus Smart's face, right after the foul was called at the end of the game.

Isaiah Thomas scored 13 of his 33 points in the final period and the surging Celtics beat Philadelphia 116-108 in Boston on Wednesday night.

It's almost impossible to tell if there actually was contact on the elbow, but let's just say it was probably a generous call for Chicago.

With the Celtics up 103-102 with seconds remaining, Chicago's Jimmy Butler carried the ball up the court and took the final shot of the game, which did not go in.

Ben Simmons, the top pick in the last National Basketball Association draft, hasn't made his debut, which could come by the end of the month as he completes his comeback from a broken foot. Kelly Olynyk cut Chicago's lead again with a three-point play with 8:47 left. "Bad call cost us a game, cost us a game". It's a streak that dates back to January 2013 and is so odd that Taj Gibson remarked the team is aware but didn't want to discuss it earlier Thursday, so as not to jinx it. But Thomas' triple sailed long, which set up the game-winning free throws by Butler. The superstar guard is considered my most analysts as the best player that will be traded before the annual trade deadline in February. He hit twice for a 103-100 Celtics lead with 1:30 left.

The Bulls also got a surprise performance from youngster Bobby Portis, who poured in 19 points off the bench.

Mavericks: Nowitzki's 26-point average against Boston coming into the game was the highest against any opponent for the 19th-year player.

Bulls: PG Rajon Rondo rolled his left ankle in the second quarter, but returned to the game in the third.

"We would love to go 4-0 (on the trip), but things happened", said Marcus Smart, a starter with Bradley out (strained Achilles).

Washington's All Star guard John Wall scored 20 points and added 12 assists while Otto Porter Jr. made six three-pointers to finish with 25 points and eight rebounds. After Olynyk hit a 3-pointer, Thomas made one for a 100-89 Boston lead.

"I like our guys", Hoiberg said. Butler dribbled inside of the three-point line and spun back to take a fade away from the Bulls' logo located between the key and three-point line. I played helluva great defense right there.

Both teams will be off for the next week as all-star weekend commences tomorrow in New Orleans.

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