Report: NBA won't discipline Cavs' Smith for Game 2 shove

Report: NBA won't discipline Cavs' Smith for Game 2 shove
By Reuters

16/05/2018 at 21:34Updated 16/05/2018 at 21:36

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

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