JR Smith Shoves Al Horford Mid-Air, Marcus Smarts Retaliates

JR Smith Shoves Al Horford Mid-Air, Marcus Smarts Retaliates

Smith missed his final 3-pointer with Marcus Smart pestering him closely, and his shove as Horford jumped under the rim came immediately after that. In the 2015 playoffs, Smith tried to get away with a punch to the face of Celtics forward Jae Crowder.

If the Cavaliers' are looking for a scapegoat after burying themselves against the Celtics, they have an easy option in J.R. Smith. As ugly as J.R. Smith's two-handed shove to Horford's back looked deep into the fourth quarter of Boston's eventual 107-94 victory Tuesday night, that's how vulgar the ruckus raised by the arena's most boisterous fans sounded.

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 has a history of dirty tactics, and Smart's right that this isn't the first time it's happened against the Celtics. Smith was involved, though he was not alone in those missed assignments."A few miscommunications", coach Tyronn Lue said. He can't control how his body goes. Smith was also assessed a flagrant foul for his push on Horford. It wasn't like I was trying to low bridge him or something.

"We're out there to play basketball", Smart said.

"The hardest part is when you can't score and they keep scoring", he said.

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.

We here at The Loop/Golf Digest love J.R. Smith. "They can chant and scream all they want, it actually makes me feel better about myself".

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