Marcus Smart irked by Cavs 'bully' JR Smith's flagrant foul

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

Smith - who acknowledged he "blatantly pushed" Horford - was issued a flagrant foul upon review. Smith shoved Morris and the pair had to be separated. It was a very risky play, and Smith was hit with a Flagrant 1 foul.

After the game, Smart was asked why he took such significant exception. Teammate Marcus Smart quickly rushed in to yell at Smith about his actions. The Celtics just looked like they were playing harder in the fourth quarter, while the Cavs looked lethargic and frustrated. He's in the air. And you go and take two hands to the back; that's a dirty shot. That's a dirty shot.

It was then that the 18,000 fans in attendance may have made history when they unleashed an R-rated chant at Smith. In the 2015 playoffs, Smith tried to get away with a punch to the face of Celtics forward Jae Crowder.

Smart, it seems, hasn't forgotten.

We here at The Loop/Golf Digest love J.R. Smith. "He's known for it, especially playing against us". We know that. It's like a bully. "We know that. It's like a bully; you keep letting a bully pick on you, he's going to keep picking on you until you stand up". "One of my guys was down and I took offence to it".

On the play against Horford, Smith couldn't deny what he did. "We're backed in that approach - guys being there for each other, standing up for each other".

That means we can expect to see more chippiness between opposing players as they look to gain a psychological and physical advantage.

"It was a good call". "It wasn't like I was trying to low bridge him or something, just trying to make sure he didn't get it in". Smith was involved, though he was not alone in those missed assignments."A few miscommunications", coach Tyronn Lue said.



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