The Cavs fell down by two games in the series in a 107-94 loss in Boston, where Smith's fourth-quarter clash with Horford and Smart was a major flashpoint.
"I just looked at it, Al is a defenseless person", Smart said.
Smith says refs made the right call, adding that he enjoys when opposing fans get upset with him.
We here at The Loop/Golf Digest love J.R. Smith. 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. Smith was also assessed a flagrant foul for his push on Horford. "He's known for it, especially playing against us", Smart said, per the Boston Globe. When it was all over the Celtics were calling him "dirty". In the 2015 playoffs, Smith tried to get away with a punch to the face of Celtics forward Jae Crowder. "If you let a bully keep picking on you, he's going to keep picking on you until you finally stand up. One of my guys was down and I took offence to it". Smith was involved, though he was not alone in those missed assignments."A few miscommunications", coach Tyronn Lue said. "I blatantly pushed him". It was a good, hard foul. "They can chant and scream all they want, it actually makes me feel better about myself". "But that's one thing about the group of our guys, we have each other's backs, and it is what it is".
"We were bad defensively", said Thompson, who was moved into the starting lineup as coach Tyronn Lue's most obvious game-to-game adjustment but contributed only two rebounds and four points after halftime.