Smart was the backbone of the Celtics' comeback win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, a win that has Boston two games from the NBA Finals. Instead, they unraveled. As Marcus Smart and Al Horford ran a pick-and-roll, Horford rolled to the rim looking for the lob from Smart.
"That's a dirty shot", Smart said of Smith's play after the game.
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Horford said that Smith's foul was "uncalled for", but added "that's the one thing about the group of our guys, we have each other's backs". Both players were assessed technical fouls, and Smart was dragged away to his bench, still turning and yelling at Smith, who looked relatively impassive.
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The Game 2 loss means the Cavaliers will head back to Cleveland trailing 2-0 in the series. 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. We all know in this room, we've all been professionals for a long time, we're not going to make every [shot].
"So you know, it's like a bully, you keep letting a bully keep picking on you, he's going to pick on you until you finally stand up, and that's what I tried to do". "I blatantly pushed him".
"It was a good, hard foul - I can understand why it was given". "We moved on to the next play, and we just locked in even more after that".
The Garden crowd naturally responded with a profane chant directed at Smith, but the Cavs guard said he didn't mind the jeers; in fact, he apparently enjoyed them.