JR Smith Won't be Disciplined for Flagrant Foul

Celtics withstand James' huge night

James wasn't keen to talk about the knock after the game, instead diverting the discussion to the next game - in Cleveland on Saturday (NZT Sunday).

By the time Baynes entered the game with 6:46 remaining in the first quarter, LeBron already had eight points but he was just getting started.

It's anyone's guess as to whether the San Antonio Spurs would have been willing to part ways with Kawhi Leonard for such a pick, but Cleveland could have called up playoff underperformers like the Portland Trail Blazers and Washington Wizards to inquire about the price of players such as Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Bradley Beal or John Wall. On the night, Baynes finished with nine points and six rebounds in an extremely important 17 minutes of court time.

"That's a dirty shot", Smart said.

The interpretation of "anything" also means mixing it up when necessary.

Tensions boiled over when Smith shoved Boston forward Al Horford on a drive to the basket. JR Smith admitted to "blatantly" shoving Horford, and was in no way defiant of the call. Both drew technical fouls.

With this outcome, this is now the second time that the Celtics have held the Cavs to under 100, and they are doing it without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, as well.

"It's a big win for us tonight, but there's a lot of work to do", the two-time MVP said.

This instinct to protect has been in Smart's DNA since childhood. "I'm the youngest of four boys". He can still hear the voices telling him to wipe away his tears, toughen up and step up in the family.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said of the team's approach to defending James: "We're just trying to make it as hard as possible".

"I think we just have a group of guys that really believe in each other", Horford said. Some nights not being to be able to eat. We know 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, and that's what I tried to do. Smart wanted to be like anybody else his age, free of responsibility and burden. The relentless pressure and intensity of the Celtics continued to wear on the Cavs, as Boston were just kicking into gear. I'm thinking about going outside, playing video games, playing with my friends. You know, nobody knew how good that kid would be. I never had a spring break.

After the game, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue joined the chorus.

"They're playing tougher than we are, ' Lue said of the physicality in the series. They're being physical. They're gooning the game up, and we've got to do the same thing".

You always need to adjust in order to get by the Celtics defense, otherwise they will always be ahead. "We've got one another's backs, that's it". But that streak ended last night in TD Garden.

They've seen this act before.

"I'm more than surprised, man", Pierce, a commentator for ESPN, said about his former team. "If you watch [number] 36 play and you can't love that style of basketball, you're not a basketball fan". After what we saw in the first two games, one would be hard pressed to find a Cavalier (outside of LeBron James) that doesn't belong on a list like this.

Smart smiles at the memory of that play.

LeBron James responded to his weak game one performance with one of the best playoff quarters of his career.

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