Al Horford Handles JR Smith Situation Like A "Pro's Pro"

Ruben Hill
May 17, 2018

After the game, Smart called Smith's action "dirty", while the Cavaliers guard confessed it was the right decision to give him a flagrant foul.

Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics and JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers get into an altercation in the second half during Game Two of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.

So following the play where Horford was shoved from beyond by Smith, Smart came running up to defend his fellow Celtic.

"It was a good call", Smith said postgame. This is not the first time JR's done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us. We know he can make shots, but just communication defensive-wise."Smith explained: "We were slow on our coverages". Keep letting the bully keep picking on you and he's going to keep picking on you.

Smart then ran a play on the offensive end which almost ended up with an alley-oop dunk by Horford. "I blatantly pushed him", Smith said.

The Celtics' players know Smith as well. He can't control how his body goes, and he's not even looking. "One of my guys was down, and I took offense to it".

Who else in the league would've channeled their energy into making plays rather than ruckus like Horford?

Asked about the fans after the game, Smith said he wasn't bothered by the chants. Hard fouls. Everything you could ever want in playoff basketball! By doing so, it would have nipped this issue in the bud while simultaneously making it clear that protecting players is more important than protecting a team's ability to compete.

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