The foul got here late within the fourth quarter when Al Horford went up for an alley-oop, however JR Smith shoved him within the again, sending Horford crashing into the bottom. Marcus Good was fast to defend Horford, leading to each Smith and Good receiving a technical foul after a scuffle broke out.
The sport officers assessed a Flagrant 1 on the J.R. Smith foul on Al Horford through the fourth quarter. Joe Borgia, NBA Senior Vice President of Replay & Referee Operations, defined the on-court choice. pic.twitter.com/ZaiOFZUsfp
— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) Could 16, 2018
“You’re taking two fingers to the again, it is a soiled shot,” Good instructed reporters. “You possibly can’t enable that to maintain taking place. It is not the primary time J.R. has accomplished some soiled stuff, particularly taking part in towards us. He is recognized for it, particularly taking part in towards us. We all know that. He is like a bully. Maintain letting the bully maintain choosing on you, and he’ll maintain choosing on you. You have to arise and that is what I attempted to do.”
Marcus Good took exception to a shove from JR Smith on Al Horford. pic.twitter.com/wKFqBeQE2L
— CBS Sports activities (@CBSSports) Could 16, 2018
Smith acknowledged the decision ought to have been made, however stated he was solely making an attempt to cease Horford from scoring.
“It was a great name. I blatantly pushed him,” Smith stated. “It wasn’t like I used to be making an attempt to low bridge him or one thing, simply making an attempt to ensure he did not get it in. It was a great, exhausting foul — I can perceive why it was given.”
The Celtics are main the sequence 2-Zero, with Sport three set for Saturday in Cleveland.