Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith will not face discipline from the NBA for his hard foul on Boston Celtics forward Al Horford in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, according to a report from ESPN.
Smith shoved an airborne Horford on a drive to the basket late in the fourth quarter. Smith was assessed a flagrant-1 following a review by the officials.
“It was a good call,” Smith said postgame. “I blatantly pushed him. It wasn’t like I was trying to low-bridge him or something to make sure he didn’t get it. It was a good, hard foul. I can understand why they gave me a flagrant.”
Meanwhile, Marcus Smart and Smith exchanged shoves after the incident and had to be separated, with each player being whistled for a technical foul.
“Al is a defenseless person. He’s in the air. He can’t control how his body goes, and he’s not even looking. And you go and take two hands to the back; that’s a dirty shot. You just can’t allow that to keep happening,” said Smart.
The Celtics lead the series 2-0. Game 3 is Saturday night in Cleveland.
—Field Level Media