JR Smith Shoves Al Horford in Celtics-Cavaliers Game 2

Ruben Hill
May 16, 2018

It was a frustrating second half for the Cavaliers, so of course J.R. Smith did something dirty and stupid.

With his Cleveland Cavaliers visibly frustrated late in Tuesday night's Eastern Conference Finals series against the Boston Celtics, the always enigmatic J.R. Smith might have committed the dirtiest foul of the playoffs.

That caused Marcus Smart to get in Smith's face, with the two pushing until they were separated. It was a risky play and Marcus Smart went over in anger to Smith as he defended his teammate who was put at risk.

Smith and the Celtics have a checkered history. Technical fouls were also assessed to Smith and Smart for their confrontation.

Nearly immediately, Celtics guard Marcus Smart came to Horford's defense. He's known for it, especially playing against us. He can't control where his body goes.

Smart and Celtics took Game 2, but no doubt the league should be looking at Smith's risky actions further in the coming week.

"It's like a bully", Smart continued. "We know that. So you know, it's like a bully, 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". "One of my guys went down and I took offense to it". Celtics fans, meanwhile, made a decision to hit Smith with a rather NSFW chant.

The Celtics and Cavaliers face off again in Game 3 on Saturday. He could very well have been ejected from the game.

We'll see if he receives any time off for his latest hijinks. This isn't the first time Smith got himself caught in the middle of the Boston's crowd's anger. "We moved on to the next play, and we just locked in even more after that".

Smith said there was no malicious intent on the play.

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