Marcus Smart calls JR Smith a 'bully' after questionable play

  • Marcus Smart calls JR Smith a 'bully' after questionable play

Marcus Smart calls JR Smith a 'bully' after questionable play

Smart responded by getting in Smith's face immediately after the play and he had more thoughts on the matter to share after the game's conclusion.

"That's a dirty shot", Smart said of Smith's play after the game.

Smith and his Cavaliers are lucky that he wasn't given a Flagrant 2 foul. Smith pushed Smart out of the way, and Smart looked like he was ready to tear Smith's face off until Tristian Thompson stepped in and corralled the Celtics guard. 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. "I just looked at it, Al is a defenseless person".

Smart, it seems, hasn't forgotten. "We moved on to the next play and we locked in after that".

"That's not the first time J.R. has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us", Smart said. We know that. So it's like a bully. "You let a bully keep picking on you, he's going to keep picking on you until you finally stand up. And that's what I tried to do".

Horford is not known for to be particularly animated, but even he admitted the contact crossed a line. We have each other's backs, and it is what it is.

It's possible Smith could face further discipline from the National Basketball Association for his cheap play, but no reports have surfaced as of this writing.

Horford had a much better explanation for the hard-nosed play the Celtics displayed over the final 24 minutes of the game, propelling them to their victory. It wasn't like I was trying to low bridge him or something. This isn't the first time Smith got himself caught in the middle of the Boston's crowd's anger.