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Fight after fight: what went down in game 2 of Cavs vs Celtics

J.R. Smith shoved an airborne Al Horford in the back with 3:37 remaining in the fourth quarter, which resulted in a flagrant foul 1 on Smith following a review by the officials and a scuffle with Marcus Smart.


Kahron Spearman


Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals went from intense to chippy, to possibly dirty when J.R. Smith fouled Al Horford.

 

He shoved an airborne Horford in the back with 3:37 remaining in the fourth quarter, which resulted in a flagrant foul 1 on Smith following a review by the officials.

 

Smith says it was a "good, hard foul" by there's a chance he could be suspended for Game 2, as it was a fairly egregious foul.

Gooning? That's a good word/ S---, we're doing what it takes. Whatever it takes, every player, 1 to 15, whatever it takes, that's what we're doing. You call it what you want to call it. We're just trying to get the win.

Immediately after the foul, Celtics guard, Marcus Smart came to Horford's defense, getting into Smith's face. 

 

But it's basketball, and basketball players don't fight. Smith pushed Smart. Smart hulked up for smoke neither actually wanted, and Smith was held back by Tristan Thompson.

 

Earlier in the game, Marcus Morris and Thompson had a moment, after he hit Morris with a foul during his layup. The pair tumbled to the floor leading to Morris giving the Cavs center a couple yells for good measure.

 

The Celtics, of course, went on to seal the victory.

"It was a good call," Smith said to reporters. "I blatantly pushed him. It wasn't like I was trying to low-bridge him or something to make sure he didn't get it. It was a good, hard foul. I can understand why they gave me a flagrant."

 

Smart, however, had another take, going back to Smith's prior transgressions.

 

"That's not the first time JR has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us," Smart said. "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 offense to it."

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