JR Smith's 'dirty' antics makes him flawless Cavaliers' scapegoat

Celtics Al Horford

Celtics Al Horford

As the 4th quarter was winding down and the Celtics were winning comfortably, JR Smith shoved Al Horford in the back as he left his feet on a drive to the basket.

The Cavaliers' 107-94 loss to the Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals wasn't kind to Smith. This caused Marcus Smart to react and come to the defense of his teammate which started a bit of a scuffle. "That's not the first time J.R. has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us". And you go and take two hands to the back; that's a dirty shot.

"The chorus of "[Bleep] you J.R." rained down on him after the Cleveland guard's flagrant 1 foul and could be heard through the TV broadcast. In the wake of the push, Smith was almost attacked by the Celtics' Marcus Smart, leading to technical fouls being assessed to both players.

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. "You can't allow that to keep happening".

Even JR couldn't argue that the officials made the right call giving him a flagrant for shoving an airborne player. We all know in this room, we've all been professionals for a long time, we're not going to make every [shot]. "You keep letting a bully keep picking on you, he's going to pick on you until you finally stand up, and that's what I tried to do. That's not why I'm here", Smith said, per ESPN's Dave McMenamin. "One of my guys was down and I took offence to it". 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. Hard fouls. Everything you could ever want in playoff basketball!

Smith got a flagrant one.

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