Late in the fourth quarter, J.R. Smith committed a flagrant one foul on Horford as he pushed the latter while in mid-air.
It seemed like Smith was heading for a flagrant two for a risky act that could have injured Horford, but instead, all he got was a flagrant one. Smith shoved Morris and the pair had to be separated.
"James had praise for Smart after the game, saying "[Smart] always makes plays at the right time".
Both players were hit with technical fouls and Smith was given a flagrant 1, though a flagrant 2 and an ejection was more suitable.
The crowd erupted with NSFW jeers directed at Smith, who can only smile while being rained on with profanities from fans. We know he can make shots, but just communication defensive-wise."Smith explained: "We were slow on our coverages". The flagrant also killed the small amount of momentum the Cavs were trying to muster while down just eight in the fourth quarter, allowing the Celtics to easily finish off the Cavs. That's not the first time JR has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us. "You've got to stand up and that's what I tried to do". He could very well have been ejected from the game.
"I felt like it was uncalled for, that type of play there", Horford said.
"You've got to give credit to coach because he ends up making the adjustments and being able to key in on the playoffs, whichever the matchup is", said Horford.
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.