Smith was suspended two games in Cleveland's first-round series versus Boston in 2015 for hitting then-Celtics forward Jae Crowder in the face with his hand on the baseline. Both players were assessed technical fouls, and Smart was dragged away to his bench, still turning and yelling at Smith, who looked relatively impassive.
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.
After the game Smart pointed the finger at Smith. "You just can't allow that to keep happening".
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"That's not the first time J.R. has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us. We moved on to the next play and we locked in after that". "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". "One of my guys went down and I took offense to it".
"I felt like it was uncalled for, that type of play there", Horford said. We also fully expect the National Basketball Association to look into this prior to Game 3.
Smith had an absolutely brutal game - zero points on 0-for-7 shooting in 27 minutes in what ended up being a loss to knock the Cavs down 0-2 in the series. Shocking since he had a front-row seat for his Smith's, shall we say, "goonish" antics.