The Cleveland Cavaliers started to lose control at the end of their Game 2 loss to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals. After the game, Smith said that he agreed with the initial flagrant foul call, which was followed by an expletive-laden chant from the Celtics' home crowd.
"You just can't allow that to keep happening. He's known for it, especially playing against us", Smart said.
The Celtics' players know Smith as well. Keep letting the bully keep picking on you and he's going to keep picking on you. In the wake of the push, Smith was almost attacked by the Celtics' Marcus Smart, leading to technical fouls being assessed to both players.
As Al Horford was attempting to field an alley-oop pass from Smart, Smith delivered a forceful two-handed push from behind. "He's not even looking, and you go and take two hands to the back, that's a dirty shot". It was called a flagrant 1 for pushing Horford in the back while Horford was in the air. "One of my guys was down, and I took offense to it".
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At least Smith can admit that he blatantly fouled him, but it was the way in which he did it that makes it so outrageous.
Lue has every reason to swap Smith with Kyle Korver to get some more consistent shooting in the starting lineup.
Who else in the league would've channeled their energy into making plays rather than ruckus like Horford? Everybody had the right intentions, just communicating that a couple seconds late put us in tough positions and they capitalized on it."Then there was the fourth quarter. And that's what I tried to do".