Tempers flare between Celtics-Cavaliers after dirty JR Smith foul

LeBron James scored 42 points in a losing cause for Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James scored 42 points in a losing cause for Cleveland Cavaliers

Nearly immediately, Celtics guard Marcus Smart came to Horford's defense.

Smith and his Cavaliers are lucky that he wasn't given a Flagrant 2 foul. Smith pushed Smart away, starting a brief shoving match before teammates and personnel intervened.

"We're out there to play basketball", Smart said. In the wake of the push, Smith was almost attacked by the Celtics' Marcus Smart, leading to technical fouls being assessed to both players. He can't control how his body goes, and he's not even looking, and you go and take two hands to the back. We know he can make shots, but just communication defensive-wise."Smith explained: "We were slow on our coverages". That's not the first time JR has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us. "You just can't allow that to keep happening". Keep letting the bully keep picking on you and he's going to keep picking on you.

Smith, who missed all seven of his shots and finished with as many points as the fans in the stands on Tuesday, certainly has a history against the Celtics. "And that's what I tried to do". "One of my guys went down and I took offense to it".

Indeed, emotions were running high during the game as the Celtics badly want to eliminate the Cavs after years of being owned by LeBron James and co.in the postseason.

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.

"You've got to give credit to coach because he ends up making the adjustments and being able to key in on the playoffs, whichever the matchup is", said Horford.

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