The foul was questionable at best and blatantly risky regardless of intent. Smart came over to get in Smith's face after the play, leading both to get technical fouls.More news: Indicted Russian Firm Accuses US Of Inventing 'Make-Believe Crime'
After the game Smart pointed the finger at Smith. "He's in the air". He can't control how his body goes, and he's not even looking, and you go and take two hands to the back. 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. "We moved on to the next play and we locked in after that". You keep letting a bully keep picking on you, he's going to pick on you until you finally stand up.
Horford was lest interested in discussing the situation. That's what I tried to do. In the 2015 playoffs, Smith's back-hand swing concussed Jae Crowder in the fourth game of Cleveland's sweep.More news: Belgium Summons Israeli Envoy Over Situation in Gaza - Israel Foreign Ministry
It's possible Smith could face further discipline from the National Basketball Association for his cheap play, but no reports have surfaced as of this writing. We have each other's backs, and it is what it is.
Horford had a much better explanation for the hard-nosed play the Celtics displayed over the final 24 minutes of the game, propelling them to their victory. Shocking since he had a front-row seat for his Smith's, shall we say, "goonish" antics.More news: How to buy a 2018 Champions League final match programme