Thursday, 24 May, 2018

When Marcus Smart does his thing, anything's possible for the Celtics

Video: JR Smith Shoves Al Horford Mid-Air, Marcus Smarts Retaliates When Marcus Smart does his thing, anything's possible for the Celtics
Elias Hubbard | 17 May, 2018, 00:41

It took place after Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith gave a two-hand shove to the back of Al Horford when the Celtics' big man was in the air.

Smith's actions drew the ire of Boston guard Marcus Smart, who rushed to Horford's defense, which led to a double-technical being called. Smart called Smith "dirty" and said he's known as that kind of player.

The NBA prides itself on making sure players aren't making unsafe plays toward each other, especially in the playoffs. "We know that. So you know, it's like a bully, you keep letting a bully keep picking on you, he's going to pick on you until you finally stand up, and that's what I tried to do". "One of my guys was down, and I took offense to it".

Smart is a real fans' favourite and this moment endeared him to the Boston faithful even more. The closest I can get is K.C. Jones.

Rather than stooping down to Smith's level and making dirty plays, he chose to go the other way and get dirty on the score sheet, with six straight points after the foul.

"That's a dirty shot", Smart said. James had just 15 points and missed all five of his 3-point attempts in the Cavs' Game 1 loss.

And they certainly need more from Smith, whose frustration surfaced at the worst possible time when his hard foul on Horford riled up the Celtics and their rowdy crowd.

The Celtics series marks the second time Smith has pulled off a disappearing act in the playoffs. On Tuesday, Smith was 0-for-7 shooting for no points.

Smith had a terrible game, recording zero points while going 0-for-7.

He made another basket, on top of drawing the and-one, as he put the Celtics up 101-89 with 3:37 to play.

"I don't think tougher", Smith said afterward, showing better defensive instincts than during the game.

It looks like Smart really wanted to snuff him right in the grill, but Cleveland's Tristian Thompson was there to pull Smart back during the scrum of extra-curricular activities. "They're aggressive, and we've got to match that".

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