Marcus Smart irked by Cavs 'bully' JR Smith's flagrant foul

Celtics Al Horford

Celtics Al Horford

"I just looked at it, Al is a defenseless person", Smart said.

As he was in midair, on his way to an alley-oop slam, J.R. Smith shoved Horford in the back, sending him crashing to the ground.

Fortunately, Horford wasn't hurt and will be available for Saturday's Game 3. After the All-Star center was sent careening to the floor, Smart quickly got in the face of Smith in defense of his teammate.

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Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics is held back after getting into an altercation with JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers (not pictured) in the second half during Game Two of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Even though Boston has taken a 2-0 series lead against the Cavs it doesn't mean there isn't plenty of drama left in this series. Smith also was called for a flagrant 1 foul for pushing Horford. He called the play a "dirty shot" and went on to state his belief that Smith is known for those sorts of plays. "If you let a bully keep picking on you, he's going to keep picking on you until you finally stand up". That's not the first time JR has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us.

Smith said there was no malicious intent on the play. "I blatantly pushed him".

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In the conference semifinals, the 32-year-old revived himself and looked like a secondary star by contributing at least 15 points in three of the Cavaliers' wins in their four-game sweep against the top-seeded Raptors, including shooting a torrid 10-of-13 from three. "They can chant and scream all they want, it actually makes me feel better about myself".

Smith got a flagrant one.

After the game, Smart was asked why he took such significant exception.

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