Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Marcus Smart calls out JR Smith for 'dirty' play

Marcus Smart calls out JR Smith for 'dirty' play

It was Smart who confronted Cleveland's J.R. Smith for what Smart believed was an risky push of a defenseless Al Horford late in the fourth quarter.

The Cavaliers' 107-94 loss to the Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals wasn't kind to Smith. "I'm just happy he's on our side".

Celtics fans let Smith know what they thought of the foul during the stoppage in play.

"It's like a bully", Smart said of Smith.

"A few miscommunications", coach Tyronn Lue said.

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Both players were hit with technical fouls and Smith was given a flagrant 1, though a flagrant 2 and an ejection was more suitable. "You just can't allow that to keep happening". You keep letting a bully keep picking on you, he's going to pick on you until you finally stand up. "One of my guys was down and I took offense to it".

"We just play hard, we go out there and we compete", said Horford. Shocking since he had a front-row seat for his Smith's, shall we say, "goonish" antics.

While he admits to loving the antagonist role, he'll have to embrace the crowd's cheer this time as the series shifts to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4. They can chant and scream all they want, it actually makes me feel better about myself. Kyle Korver, who was moved to the bench so Tristan Thompson could start, scored all 11 of his points in the first half. After breaking out in the series sweep of the Toronto Raptors, Smith has seemingly returned to the shell where camped out in the first round against the Indiana Pacers. "We talked about it before the game".

Smart's impact in Game 2 didn't only get noticed by Stevens, but by Cavs forward LeBron James as well, saying he makes plays at the right time.

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