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

Marcus Smart irked by Cavs 'bully' JR Smith's flagrant foul

Marcus Smart irked by Cavs 'bully' JR Smith's flagrant foul

Smart was the backbone of the Celtics' comeback win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, a win that has Boston two games from the NBA Finals. It was, without question, a dirty play, one which prompted Celtics guard Marcus Smart to rush over and let Smith know that such moves would not be appreciated. He looked quite miffed as the officials watched replays before ultimately determining that Smith would be assessed a Flagrant 1.

Needless to say, it was an extremely ill-advised decision by Smith, not to mention a unsafe play and a selfish play at that.

"You just can't allow that to keep happening", he said. That's not the first time JR has 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. "You know, and I just looked at it: Al is a defenseless person". The player he often guarded, Jaylen Brown, led the Celtics with 23 points.There were myriad miscommunications on defense that led to wide-open Boston 3s.

"It was a good call", Smith said.

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Smith said there was no malicious intent on the play. "I blatantly pushed [Horford]. One of my guys was down and I took offence to it". It wasn't like I was trying to low bridge him or something. It was a good, hard foul.

The flagrant gave Horford two shots and the Celtics the ball back.

Horford, who scored eight points in a 90-second span to ice the game, told reporters, "I felt like it was uncalled for, that type of play there, but that's the one thing about the group of our guys". More importantly, he was involved in a controversial play late.

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