Saturday, 20 July, 2019

Tempers flare between Celtics-Cavaliers after dirty JR Smith foul

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The Cleveland Cavaliers guard dangerously hit Horford while the Celtics center was in the air.

It seemed like Smith was heading for a flagrant two for a unsafe act that could have injured Horford, but instead, all he got was a flagrant one.

Smith was assessed a flagrant foul and both received technical fouls.

Celtics fans starting a potty-mouthed chant toward Smith during the review, and Smart called him a "bully" after the game. Today was a tremendous effort on one of the biggest stages we've all played on. He can't control where his body goes. "You just can't allow that to keep happening".

"That's not the first time J.R. has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us", Smart said. "We know that. It's like a bully; you keep letting a bully pick on you, he's going to keep picking on you until you stand up". That's what I tried to do.

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Smith and the Celtics have a checkered history. "I felt like we really fed off a lot of our crowd and then on offense we were taking good shots".

The Celtics didn't score on the possession, but it exemplified the effort that Boston put in while rallying out of a double-digit first-half hole and keeping the Cavaliers at arm's length in the final frame. He could very well have been ejected from the game.

The series now shifts to Cleveland for Game 3 on Saturday night, and the four days between games likely won't do much to squash the beef between Smart and Smith. Smith was involved, though he was not alone in those missed assignments."A few miscommunications", coach Tyronn Lue said.

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