Tempers flare between Celtics-Cavaliers after dirty JR Smith foul

Tempers flare between Celtics-Cavaliers after dirty JR Smith foul

JR Smith drew a flagrant foul in Game 2 Tuesday night after shoving Al Horford, angering the Boston Celtics, their family members and fans.

The Cleveland Cavaliers fell apart in the second half last night, dropping Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals in Boston. Smith missed his final 3-pointer with Marcus Smart pestering him closely, and his shove as Horford jumped under the rim came immediately after that.

"Al was a defenseless person", Smart said of the play. "That's not the first time J.R. has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us". He's not even looking, and you go and take two hands to his back.

"The chorus of "[Bleep] you J.R." rained down on him after the Cleveland guard's flagrant 1 foul and could be heard through the TV broadcast. "He's known for it, especially playing against us". The Cavs' veteran pushed Horford in the back mid-air, leaving him vulnerable to a serious injury as Horford hit the hardwood. The flagrant also killed the small amount of momentum the Cavs were trying to muster while down just eight in the fourth quarter, allowing the Celtics to easily finish off the Cavs. You keep letting a bully keep picking on you, he's going to pick on you until you finally stand up.

"We have each other's backs".

On the play against Horford, Smith couldn't deny what he did. And that's what I tried to do.

"We were awful defensively", said Thompson, who was moved into the starting lineup as coach Tyronn Lue's most obvious game-to-game adjustment but contributed only two rebounds and four points after halftime. Smart took to the post-game press conference to make his feelings about Smith abundantly clear. It was a good, hard foul.



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