For starters, Smith didn't score a single point in the Cavs' loss to the Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, missing all seven of his shots. This caused Marcus Smart to react and come to the defense of his teammate which started a bit of a scuffle.
After the game Smart pointed the finger at Smith.
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"It was a good call", Smith said of the Flagrant 1. Technical fouls were also assessed to Smith and Smart for their confrontation.
Smith has a history of dirty tactics, and Smart's right that this isn't the first time it's happened against the Celtics. "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". We all know in this room, we've all been professionals for a long time, we're not going to make every [shot]. Smith was involved, though he was not alone in those missed assignments."A few miscommunications", coach Tyronn Lue said. "One of my guys was down, and I took offense to it". It wasn't like I was trying to low bridge him or something. But that's the one thing about the group of our guys: We have each other's backs. More importantly, he was involved in a controversial play late.
"It was a good, hard foul - I can understand why it was given".
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.