JR Smith Shoves Al Horford Mid-Air, Marcus Smarts Retaliates

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"I felt like it was uncalled for, that type of play there", Horford said.

Late in the fourth quarter of Game 2 between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, Celtics big man Al Horford slipped free on a pick-and-roll.

As he was in midair, on his way to an alley-oop slam, J.R. Smith shoved Horford in the back, sending him crashing to the ground.

Nearly immediately, Celtics guard Marcus Smart came to Horford's defense.

Smart and Celtics took Game 2, but no doubt the league should be looking at Smith's unsafe actions further in the coming week. "We moved on to the next play and we locked in after that". "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".

Smith was assessed a flagrant foul and both received technical fouls.

"That's not the first time J.R. has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us". That's what I tried to do. He could very well have been ejected from the game. This isn't the first time Smith got himself caught in the middle of the Boston's crowd's anger.

Horford had a much better explanation for the hard-nosed play the Celtics displayed over the final 24 minutes of the game, propelling them to their victory. "Celtics basketball, we are really embracing Celtics basketball".

The Game 2 loss means the Cavaliers will head back to Cleveland trailing 2-0 in the series. But the Celtics have to feel pretty good about having Smart on their side in this fight - and any fight for that matter.