Sport Marcus Smart irked by Cavs 'bully' J.R. Smith's flagrant foul

16:46  16 may  2018
16:46  16 may  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Boston’ s Jared Sullinger and Marcus Smart had technical fouls and Amir Johnson had a flagrant foul . James got help from J . R . Smith (14 points), Iman Shumpert (12 points, 16 rebounds) and Australia’ s Matthew Dellavedova (10 points, four assists).

Marcus Smart and Jae Crowder can hit an occasional three-pointer; beyond that it is more miss than hit. The NBA would go on to suspend J . R . Smith (courtesy of SB Nation) two games for the elbow, which earned him a flagrant foul level two during the game.

The Celtics' Marcus Smart described J.R. Smith as "like a bully" after the Cavaliers guard's flagrant foul on Al Horford in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday.

a group of men playing a game of basketball: Marcus Smart confronts JR Smith after his flagrant foul © Getty Images Marcus Smart confronts JR Smith after his flagrant foul

The Cavs fell down by two games in the series in a 107-94 loss in Boston, where Smith's fourth-quarter clash with Horford and Smart was a major flashpoint.

Smith pushed an airborne Horford in the lane and drew a flagrant. Smart reacted angrily at the time and still was irked when he faced reporters afterward.

"You take two hands to the back, it's a dirty shot," he said. "You can't allow that to keep happening.

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The Celtics moved Jae Crowder into the starting lineup and rookie Marcus Smart to the bench for Game 4 against the Cavaliers . Crowder suffered a left knee sprain in the third quarter Sunday when he fell to the floor after being hit in the face by J . R . Smith , who was called for a flagrant foul 2 and

The Cavaliers ' J . R . Smith was called for a flagrant -2 foul for striking the Celtics' Jae Crowder in the face and subsequently ejected. Cavs ' J . R . Smith ejected after striking, injuring Celtics' Jae Crowder. Facebook. Twitter. Crowder joined the starting lineup for Game 4 in place of Marcus Smart , who

"It's not the first time J.R. has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us. He's known for it, especially playing against us. We know that.

"He's like a bully. Keep letting the bully keep picking on you, and he's going to keep picking on you. You've got to stand up and that's what I tried to do."

Horford was grateful for Smart's support, adding: "I felt like it was uncalled for, that type of play. But that's the one thing about the group of our guys: We have each other's backs.

"It is what it is. We moved on to the next play and locked in even more after that."

Smith acknowledged the flagrant call was correct and denied any malice in his actions.

"It was a good call. I blatantly pushed him," he said. "It wasn't like I was trying to low bridge him or something, just trying to make sure he didn't get it in.

"It was a good, hard foul — I can understand why it was given."

Cavaliers in need of LeBron's defense in pivotal game 4 .
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