"I felt like it was uncalled for that type of play there", Horford said after the Celtics pulled off a 107-94 win over the Cavaliers for a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
Smith might've been lucky to avoid a flagrant 2 foul and an ejection on the play.
Smith, for his part, said it was the right call to give him a flagrant. "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".
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"That's not the first time J.R. has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us", Smart said.
The NBA prides itself on making sure players aren't making risky plays toward each other, especially in the playoffs.
The crowd erupted with NSFW jeers directed at Smith, who can only smile while being rained on with profanities from fans. During the Celtics-Cavaliers first-round matchup in the 2015 playoffs, he smacked Jae Crowder in the face under the basket, causing the C's forward to crumble to the ground and sprain his ACL. He could very well have been ejected from the game. Shocking since he had a front-row seat for his Smith's, shall we say, "goonish" antics. Smith wasn't exactly engaged in the second half of this game and is now averaging 2.0 points on 2-of-16 shooting after two games in the series. May. "We moved on to the next play, and we just locked in even more after that".