Friday, 22 February, 2019

JR Smith Shoves Al Horford Mid-Air, Marcus Smarts Retaliates

LeBron James JR Smith Shoves Al Horford Mid-Air, Marcus Smarts Retaliates
Kristopher Love | 16 May, 2018, 13:04

Instead, they unraveled. As Marcus Smart and Al Horford ran a pick-and-roll, Horford rolled to the rim looking for the lob from Smart.

Smart finished with 11 points on a mere 3-of-9 shooting but added nine assists, five rebounds and four steals over 31 minutes in Boston's 107-94 triumph in Game 2 at TD Garden. Smith also was called for a flagrant 1 foul for pushing Horford. Smith shoved Morris and the pair had to be separated. Both players were assessed technical fouls, and Smart was dragged away to his bench, still turning and yelling at Smith, who looked relatively impassive. Celtics fans, meanwhile, made a decision to hit Smith with a rather NSFW chant. He can't control where his body goes. "You know how we do it". "You just can't allow that to keep happening". It's not the first time J.R. has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us. You keep letting a bully keep picking on you, he's going to pick on you until you finally stand up. "And that's what I tried to do". "I felt like we really fed off a lot of our crowd and then on offense we were taking good shots". He could very well have been ejected from the game.

It's possible Smith could face further discipline from the National Basketball Association for his cheap play, but no reports have surfaced as of this writing.

Smith got a flagrant one.

The Game 2 loss means the Cavaliers will head back to Cleveland trailing 2-0 in the series. During the Celtics-Cavaliers first-round matchup in the 2015 playoffs, he smacked Jae Crowder in the face under the basket, causing the C's forward to crumble to the ground and sprain his ACL.