Thursday, 16 August, 2018

National Basketball Association won't suspend JR Smith for shoving Al Horford in the back

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown reacts after hitting a 3-pointer against the Philadelphia 76ers during the third quarter of Game 5 of an NBA basketball playoff series in Boston Wednesday Celtics withstand James' huge night
Betsy Taylor | 17 May, 2018, 01:49

Rozier raced to the loose ball at halfcourt and took off.

"Just because we've had less experiences, we really don't dwell on them", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said prior to Tuesday's Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 against Cleveland in Boston.

"He went out", Smart said. After creating an uprising among his rivals, Smart simply returned to his feet and rushed back into the breakneck action in which he thrives in.

Marcus Smart nails a key 3-pointer in Game 2 of the East finals. There were 207 players who took at least 200 shots from outside the paint this season, and Marcus Smart (31 percent) ranked 199th among the 207 in field goal percentage on those shots.

"He does anything that the team needs to win", backup big man Greg Monroe crowed.

The Cavaliers led for much of the first half and carried a 55-48 advantage into main interval but Boston outscored Cleveland by 14 in the third quarter to turn their seven-point deficit into an 84-77 advantage at TD Garden.

Smart remembered the first-round playoff series against the Cavaliers three years ago when Smith elbowed former teammate Jae Crowder.


After falling short against the Celtics in the second round of the playoffs, the Sixers will regroup with their young core while looking to bolster their stocks with lucrative free-agents.

Earlier in the NBA's postseason, Cavs veteran sharpshooter J.R. Smith called Pacers guard Lance Stephenson a "clown" for his weird antics on the court-presumably including his dirty play. The Raptors fell into old habits often against the Cavaliers, slowing down their offense instead of constantly attacking downhill, and because of that, the Cavs had an easier time counterattacking off missed shots and turnovers, which helped to create those mismatches they want and open up lanes.

"I mean, we just play hard", Celtics forward Al Horford said. "You can't allow that to keep happening".

This instinct to protect has been in Smart's DNA since childhood.

Of all the possible options on the table, James heading to the 76ers could be the worst one for the Cavaliers since those teams reside in the same conference. Some nights not being to be able to eat. Obviously incidental, his shoulder hit me right square in my jaw so just had to go back and make sure everything was fine. "I don't think Jayson was intentionally trying". I've always been on the road. "But if there is anybody I would put my money on it would be this group", Brown said.

LeBron James did bounce back in Game 2 and played exceptionally well but it wasn't good enough to get the Cavs over the line as they ended up on the losing side with a 107-94 scoreline.

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