Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

NBA Will Not Discipline Cavaliers Guard JR Smith For Shoving Al Horford

NBA Will Not Discipline Cavaliers Guard JR Smith For Shoving Al Horford

Heading into Wednesday morning's Eastern Conference Finals Game 2, the Celtics were 8-0 at the TD Garden and 1-4 on the road. After a 25-point lambasting in the opener, Lue altered his frontcourt by putting Tristan Thompson with the first five and bringing Kyle Korver off the bench. "We moved on to the next play way and we locked in after that".

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After the game, Smart called Smith's shove dirty.

Boston led 84-77 after three quarters and took command late in the fourth with the Cavs getting little offense other than from James.

James was on the attack from the opening tip. The Nets' first rounder was the centerpiece of the trade for Irving, a former No. 1 overall pick, All-Star, and champion who's only 26.Of course the Cavs wanted the pick be closer to the top of the draft. Physical, strong, selfless, committed, just to name a few, but there may not be a better visual explanation than a play that occurred in the first thirty seconds of the second quarter.

James was also astoundingly efficient, using his dribble to create space, while he knocked down an assortment of jump shots. He almost overcame the rest of his teammates shooting 5-for-20 from the 3-point line.

James, with 3:48 suffered a strained neck in the second quarter after taking an accidental shoulder to the head from Tatum, hasnt been down 2-0 in an Eastern Conference series since 2008 against the Celtics. James stayed in the game and connected on one of his ensuing free throws, but then exited to the locker room with Cleveland leading 47-36.

Smart's steal and feed of Morris with 17.2 seconds left in the half helped Boston narrow its deficit to seven and gave the team confidence heading into the intermission.

I felt like we played great defense, but the foul was called on Al Horford. "Our group in tough times, we've always found a way". And that is exactly what the Cavaliers role players are going to have to do if they want to get back in this series.

"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".

"It's a big win for us tonight, but there's a lot of work to do", the two-time MVP said.

"We will see what we are made of on Saturday".

Seems like only yesterday that Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Terry Rozier and other carded-every-night Celtics looked more likely to be holding a paper drive for the Jimmy Fund than be associated with a collection of "goons", but things happen quickly in the National Basketball Association. James recorded a 42-point triple double and Boston still triumphed by double digits. But it's certainly not unreasonable to think James would face more backlash for coming up short in the NBA Finals again than he would for going out with a whimper a round earlier.

"I just looked at it, Al is a defenseless person", Smart said. It's not the first time J.R.'s done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us.

"If you don't get to the Finals, baby, it disappears", he added.

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