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

JR Smith Shoves Al Horford Mid-Air, Marcus Smarts Retaliates

JR Smith Shoves Al Horford Mid-Air, Marcus Smarts Retaliates

Smith pushed Smart away, starting a brief shoving match before teammates and personnel intervened. He can't control where his body goes.

Al Horford had 20 points, four rebounds, six assists and two blocks in the Celtics' 108-83 Game 1 win over the Cavaliers.

During the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, Smith pushed Horford from behind to prevent an easy basket. The flagrant also killed the small amount of momentum the Cavs were trying to muster while down just eight in the fourth quarter, allowing the Celtics to easily finish off the Cavs.

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"We're out there to play basketball".

After the game, Smart spoke with the media and called out Smith for his "dirty" antic.

Horford was the best player on the floor in the first quarter, an fantastic accomplishment considering Cavaliers superstar LeBron James was on the parquet at the same time.

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Smith was assessed a flagrant foul and both received technical fouls. You keep letting a bully keep picking on you, he's going to pick on you until you finally stand up.

This series already is quite physical, and we should expect more of the same when the action shifts to Cleveland for Game 3 on Saturday. "We were knocking them down". Smith was involved, though he was not alone in those missed assignments."A few miscommunications", coach Tyronn Lue said.

"He's our rock. He's the guy we really lean on". This isn't the first time Smith got himself caught in the middle of the Boston's crowd's anger. But the Celtics have to feel pretty good about having Smart on their side in this fight - and any fight for that matter.

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