Late in the fourth quarter of Game 2 between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, Celtics big man Al Horford slipped free on a pick-and-roll. Smith missed his final 3-pointer with Marcus Smart pestering him closely, and his shove as Horford jumped under the rim came immediately after that.
After the game, Smart said Smith's play was a "dirty shot" and added that it wasn't the first time Smith has done something like that.
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. The officials prevented anything from getting too out of hand before sending both teams to their respective benches as the play was reviewed to determine if it should be a flagrant foul. We know he can make shots, but just communication defensive-wise."Smith explained: "We were slow on our coverages".
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"I felt like it was uncalled for, that type of play there", Horford said.
In the 2nd half, Al Horford went up to catch an alley-oop when J.R. Smith inexplicably pushed him mid-flight, causing him to tumble to the ground. "One of my guys was down and I took offence to it". In fairness to Smart, the replay showed he had every right to be upset. It was a good, hard foul. "I can understand why they gave me a flagrant". "But that's one thing about the group of our guys, we have each other's backs, and it is what it is". Not only is he arguably the world's most avid celebrity golfer, he might love the game we love more than anyone on this planet.
The Garden crowd naturally responded with a profane chant directed at Smith, but the Cavs guard said he didn't mind the jeers; in fact, he apparently enjoyed them.