Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

JR Smith 'known for' dirty plays, says Marcus Smart

JR Smith 'known for' dirty plays, says Marcus Smart

Both players were assessed technical fouls, and Smart was dragged away to his bench, still turning and yelling at Smith, who looked relatively impassive. When it was all over the Celtics were calling him "dirty."It was Smith's biggest TD Garden meltdown since Game 4 of the Cavs' 2015 sweep, when Smith took a swing at Jae Crowder and cracked him in the jaw, earning a suspension.Let's start with the basketball". He can't control how his body goes.

"That's a dirty shot", Smart said.

"That's not the first time JR has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us", Smart added.

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"It's like a bully. We know that. It's like a bully; you keep letting a bully pick on you, he's going to keep picking on you until you stand up". "One of my guys was down and I took offence to it". That's not unusual for a younger group such as the Celtics, and the Cavs are right to expect a shift in bravado and tenacity with Games 3 and 4 at Quicken Loans Arena beginning Saturday.

"I loved it", Smith said in a dreary visitors dressing room afterward. The question is whether he realizes how dumb and risky it was.

Smart took serious exception to J.R. Smith's foul on Al Horford in the second half. "I blatantly pushed him".

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"It was a good, hard foul - I can understand why it was given".

The flagrant gave Horford two shots and the Celtics the ball back. "Just make sure he didn't get it", Smith said. Good on Smart for jumping to his teammate's defense.

Even after the game, which the Celtics won 107-94, Smart remained less amused by the whole ordeal. He led the team with a plus-21 rating and made #WinningPlays up and down the court, especially in the fourth quarter.

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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.

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