Friday, 14 December, 2018

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

J.R. Smith’s ‘dirty’ antics makes him perfect Cavaliers’ scapegoat Modal Trigger Getty Images
Sidney Guerrero | 16 May, 2018, 19:37

J.R. Smith committed a blatantly dirty foul late in the Celtics' Game 2 win over the Cavaliers. A minor skirmish broke out and Smith was assessed a Flagrant 1, which probably should have been a Flagrant 2 and an ejection. When asked about the altercation, Smart told reporters he was just trying to stick up for a teammate.

But Smith's cheap shot, which looked borne of frustration, pushed the game over the edge. Instead, they unraveled. As Marcus Smart and Al Horford ran a pick-and-roll, Horford rolled to the rim looking for the lob from Smart. He's in the air.

"That's a dirty shot", Smart said.

"The hardest part is when you can't score and they keep scoring", he said. Celtics fans, meanwhile, made a decision to hit Smith with a rather NSFW chant.

Smart, it seems, hasn't forgotten. That's not the first time JR has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us. "We moved on to the next play and we locked in after that". We know that. So it's like a bully. "You've got to stand up and that's what I tried to do". "One of my guys was down and I took offence to it".

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Horford is not known for to be particularly animated, but even he admitted the contact crossed a line.

"I loved it", Smith said in a dreary visitors dressing room afterward.

Horford, who scored eight points in a 90-second span to ice the game, told reporters, "I felt like it was uncalled for, that type of play there, but that's the one thing about the group of our guys". We'll see if Cavaliers fans have anything up their sleeves for Smart or any other Celtics.

"We were awful defensively", said Thompson, who was moved into the starting lineup as coach Tyronn Lue's most obvious game-to-game adjustment but contributed only two rebounds and four points after halftime.

"It was a good call". I just wanted to make sure he didn't get it.

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