LeBron James going off for 40-plus and a triple-double.
"It was a good, hard foul - I can understand why it was given".
Clay Travis thinks that this move by JR Smith was a cheap shot and has no place in the game.More news: Tesla SUV earns Guinness World Record by towing plane almost 1000 feet
Smith and the Celtics have a checkered history.
No one symbolized the Cavs' collapse like J.R. Smith.
Not surprisingly, the Celtics, particularly Marcus Smart, were not pleased.More news: Sacha Killeya-Jones lands at North Carolina State
"The chorus of "[Bleep] you J.R." rained down on him after the Cleveland guard's flagrant 1 foul and could be heard through the TV broadcast.
The 32-year-old Smith is a 14-year National Basketball Association veteran, so he was unfazed by the whole ordeal. "I don't want the opposing fans to like me". Smith was involved, though he was not alone in those missed assignments."A few miscommunications", coach Tyronn Lue said. When asked about the altercation, Smart told reporters he was just trying to stick up for a teammate. That's a dirty shot. This is not the first time JR's done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us. "He's known for it, especially playing against us". We know that. So you know, it's like a bully, you keep letting a bully keep picking on you, he's going to pick on you until you finally stand up, and that's what I tried to do. "One of my guys was down and I took offence to it". He was so bad at that end he probably shouldn't have been brought back late, except that Jaylen Brown was having his way with Kyle Korver and Lue has leaned on Smith's defense on many nights. Marcus Morris got in Smith's face after Smith pushed Horford in the back to prevent a layup. As the Garden crowd showed on Tuesday night, people don't forget.
Smith's push was delivered in frustration as the Cavaliers watched a 55-48 halftime advantage disappear, with the incident coming as the Celtics were holding a 12-point lead at 99-89. "We're backed in that approach - guys being there for each other, standing up for each other".More news: PM Abbasi accepts Turkish PM's invitation to participate in OIC Summit