Clay Travis thinks that this move by JR Smith was a cheap shot and has no place in the game.
We here at The Loop/Golf Digest love J.R. Smith. "He's not even looking, and you go and take two hands to the back, that's a dirty shot".
JR was ultimately assessed a flagrant foul 1 following a review by the officials, and received a pleasant "Fuck You JR" chant from the TD Garden crowd.
Smith was given a flagrant foul one and he and Smart were both issued technicals. The Cavs' veteran pushed Horford in the back mid-air, leaving him vulnerable to a serious injury as Horford hit the hardwood.
Smith finished with zero points on 0-for-7 shooting as the Cleveland Cavaliers fell into a 2-0 hole in the Eastern Conference Finals. "You can't allow that to keep happening". When it was all over the Celtics were calling him "dirty". "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". Smith was involved, though he was not alone in those missed assignments."A few miscommunications", coach Tyronn Lue said. I just wanted to make sure he didn't get it. "I understand why they gave me a flag there". "One of my guys was down and I took offence to it".
"We were awful defensively", said Thompson, who was moved into the starting lineup as coach Tyronn Lue's most obvious game-to-game adjustment but contributed only two rebounds and four points after halftime.