Video Shows JR Smith's Dirty Foul On Al Horford

Jose Verdugo
May 16, 2018

Marcus Smart called out JR Smith for his "dirty" play against Al Horford on Tuesday night.

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. Instead, they unraveled. As Marcus Smart and Al Horford ran a pick-and-roll, Horford rolled to the rim looking for the lob from Smart.

Needless to say, it was an extremely ill-advised decision by Smith, not to mention a unsafe play and a selfish play at that.

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Officials called a flagrant-1 on Smith, and Smart got in his face. In the wake of the push, Smith was almost attacked by the Celtics' Marcus Smart, leading to technical fouls being assessed to both players. They're going to need him to get back in this series. We know he can make shots, but just communication defensive-wise."Smith explained: "We were slow on our coverages".

"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".

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On the play against Horford, Smith couldn't deny what he did. "One of my guys was down and I took offence to it".

Speaking about the incident after the game, the Boston point guard explained how the Cavs man had previous for this type of play against the Celtics and likened him to a bully.

"We have each other's backs". It wasn't like I was trying to low bridge him or something.

"We were bad defensively", said Thompson, who was moved into the starting lineup as coach Tyronn Lue's most obvious game-to-game adjustment but contributed only two rebounds and four points after halftime.

What Smith did certainly was not just a "good, hard foul".

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