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

Ross Houston
May 16, 2018

Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart described JR Smith as "like a bully" after the Cleveland Cavaliers guard's flagrant foul on Al Horford in game two of the Eastern Conference finals.

Smith might've been lucky to avoid a flagrant 2 foul and an ejection on the play.

Smith's push was delivered in frustration as the Cavaliers watched a 55-48 halftime advantage disappear, with the incident coming as the Celtics were holding a 12-point lead at 99-89.


Smith had an absolutely brutal game - zero points on 0-for-7 shooting in 27 minutes in what ended up being a loss to knock the Cavs down 0-2 in the series. He can't control where his body goes.

After the game, Smart spoke with the media and called out Smith for his "dirty" antic. That's a dirty shot. "You just can't allow that to keep happening".

Smart, it seems, hasn't forgotten.


Horford was the best player on the floor in the first quarter, an fantastic accomplishment considering Cavaliers superstar LeBron James was on the parquet at the same time. Today was a tremendous effort on one of the biggest stages we've all played on. We know that. So it's like a bully. That's what I tried to do. "I felt like we really fed off a lot of our crowd and then on offense we were taking good shots". Shocking since he had a front-row seat for his Smith's, shall we say, "goonish" antics. "But that's the thing about the group of our guys".

"We have each other's backs. We moved on to the next play and locked in even more after that". "I blatantly pushed him", he said. "It wasn't like I was trying to lowbridge him or something to make sure he didn't get it".

"We just play hard, we go out there and we compete", said Horford.


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