Opinions on the NBA's decision aside, it can't be overstated that Smith failed to score a point in Game 2.
It all started when Horford was fouled by LeBron James with 4:25 on the clock. 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.
He got a flagrant-1 and a double technical for shoving the clearly airborne Horford from behind. It was a good, hard foul.
Then on the next possession after the made freebies, he went to work on Kevin Love in the post.
"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".
"It was a good call", Smith said postgame.
This is why Horford is a "Pro's Pro".
The league could review the play and upgrade it to a flagrant two.
Terry Rozier and Marcus Morris echoed his sentiment. Smith was involved, though he was not alone in those missed assignments."A few miscommunications", coach Tyronn Lue said.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the National Basketball Association will not punish Cavs shooting guard J.R. Smith for his fourth-quarter shove of Celtics center Al Horford in Cleveland's 107-94 loss to Boston in Game 2 on Tuesday night.
It looks like Smart really wanted to snuff him right in the grill, but Cleveland's Tristian Thompson was there to pull Smart back during the scrum of extra-curricular activities.
Horford was lest interested in discussing the situation. In fact, Clay wouldn't be upset if Smith was suspended for Game 3.