JR Smith: 'I Don't Want the Opposing Fans to Like Me'

Celtics Al Horford

Celtics Al Horford

Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics is held back after getting into an altercation with JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers (not pictured) in the second half during Game Two of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Horford was grateful for Smart's support, adding: "I felt like it was uncalled for, that type of play".

J.R. Smith missed all seven of his shots and didn't score a point in 27 minutes of Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Celtics. Doing that to someone can cause serious injury and would likely spark a fight on nearly any basketball court in the country.

Fortunately, Horford wasn't hurt and will be available for Saturday's Game 3. That's a dirty shot.

Even JR couldn't argue that the officials made the right call giving him a flagrant for shoving an airborne player. "If you let a bully keep picking on you, he's going to keep picking on you until you finally stand up". It's not the first time J.R.'s done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us.

Smith - who acknowledged he "blatantly pushed" Horford - was issued a flagrant foul upon review. "One of my guys was down, and I took offense to it". Boston would ultimately win the game to take a 2-0 series lead. "That's not why I'm here", Smith said, per ESPN's Dave McMenamin.

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

Smith had a terrible game, recording zero points while going 0-for-7. When asked about the altercation, Smart told reporters he was just trying to stick up for a teammate.

Said Thompson: "If we don't get stops on the defensive end, they're going to make open threes". That's what you call the polar opposite of Smart.

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