Smart: JR Smith Is Known For Dirty Plays

J.R. Smith and Marcus Smart

The Celtics lead the series, 2-0.

Marcus Smart doesn't care about the affect the hardwood can have on human flesh. He has a track record of questionable plays against the Celtics that run the gambit from slightly over the line to outright dirty.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James sits on the bench during a timeout in the second half in Game 2 of the team's NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday in Boston. He turned the ball over the Cavs' first possession. Horford came crashing down under the basket, while Smart immediately rushed into the paint to confront Smith. Horford finished with a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double, and controlled the fourth.

"He's always going to play hard", Terry Rozier commended. Smith also was called for a flagrant 1 foul for pushing Horford. Both drew technical fouls. For them playing on their home court, they fell.

"You just can't allow that to keep happening".

This instinct to protect has coursed through Smart's DNA since childhood.

Smart, 24, said his refusal to back down was the result of his upbringing as the youngest of four brothers. He can still hear the voices telling him to wipe away his tears, toughen up and step up in the family. After the game, he said it was a "good call" and admitted he "blatantly pushed" Horford. It actually makes me feel better about myself. Some nights not being to be able to eat. "It wasn't like I was trying to lowbridge him or something to make sure he didn't get it". And no, this one - no matter how many points it would have counted for - didn't go in either. Smart wanted to be like anybody else his age, free of responsibility and burden. The Celtics turned it over just six times. "I'm not a Chatty Patty, so you're going to have to ask him that. I understand why they gave me a flag there". I never had a spring break. "I commend Smart for coming with that hard hat that he always has".

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"I don't even know what to say to that", guard Jaylen Brown said.

Now, it's paying dividends for the Celtics and brewing envy within the Cavaliers. And they took the lead for good with a long, catch-and-shoot 3 from Smart with 4:34 to go in the period.

"We've gotten a lot tighter over these last two months", Morris said.

Boston improved to 9-0 this postseason at TD Garden.

They've seen this act before.

"It's like a bully", Smart said. "And if you're not ready, then you can't play".

Clay Travis thinks that this move by JR Smith was a cheap shot and has no place in the game.

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