Smith had a miserable night in the 107-94 loss to the Celtics, failing to provide the secondary scoring the Cavaliers needed beyond LeBron James and Kevin Love, missing all seven shots with zero points as the Cavaliers' drop 2-0 in the Eastern Conference 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. After the game, Smith said that he agreed with the initial flagrant foul call, which was followed by an expletive-laden chant from the Celtics' home crowd.
The NBA prides itself on making sure players aren't making unsafe plays toward each other, especially in the playoffs.
"That's not the first time JR has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us". The Cavs may have the best player in the National Basketball Association, but the Celtics are just dominating the Cavs so far. And that's what I tried to do. "You know, I just looked at it, Al is a defenceless person". After the game, Lue said that the Celtics are gooning the game up. "It wasn't like I was trying to lowbridge him or something to make sure he didn't get it".
"We're going to fight", Rozier said.
He put his fingerprints all over the game with 11 points, five rebounds, nine assists and four steals. It was a good, hard foul. On Tuesday, Smith was 0-for-7 shooting for no points.
Smart and Celtics took Game 2, but no doubt the league should be looking at Smith's risky actions further in the coming week.
The play was extremely unsafe, as Smith pushed Horford while he was up in the air.
He made another basket, on top of drawing the and-one, as he put the Celtics up 101-89 with 3:37 to play. I think they're playing tougher than we are.