Earlier in the NBA's postseason, Cavs veteran sharpshooter J.R. Smith called Pacers guard Lance Stephenson a "clown" for his weird antics on the court-presumably including his dirty play. You just can't allow that to keep happening.
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. That's not the first time JR has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us.
Smith received a "flagrant foul - type 1" for his boneheaded foul on Horford with 3:49 on the clock.
Thankfully, the Celtics center wasn't hurt badly on the play and was able to quickly get back up but that didn't stop his teammate Marcus Smart coming to his defence as he took exception to the foul.
"It was a good call", Smith admitted after the loss.
It looks like Smart really wanted to snuff him right in the grill, but Cleveland's Tristian Thompson was there to pull Smart back during the scrum of extra-curricular activities.
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Horford wasn't happy with the play but was quick to move on from it with a task at hand. "I blatantly pushed him", he said.
"We've got to come and give energy, extraordinary energy all the time, and I just try to be that spark plug".
"It was a good, hard foul - I can understand why it was given".
It was then that the 18,000 fans in attendance may have made history when they unleashed an R-rated chant at Smith. He's known for it, especially playing against us. If you let the bully keep picking on you, he's going to keep picking on you until you finally stand up, and that's what I tried to do.
The Garden crowd naturally responded with a profane chant directed at Smith, but the Cavs guard said he didn't mind the jeers; in fact, he apparently enjoyed them. "I don't want the opposing fans to like me".
"One of my guys was down, and I took offence to it", added Smart, who produced a superb defensive display to help contain LeBron James and the Cavaliers on Tuesday. "They can chant and scream all they want, it actually makes me feel better about myself".