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

But in the breath, that's what Marcus Smart is for. It was a good, hard foul.

After the game, Smart called Smith's action "dirty", while the Cavaliers guard confessed it was the right decision to give him a flagrant foul. In the wake of the push, Smith was almost attacked by the Celtics' Marcus Smart, leading to technical fouls being assessed to both players.

Well you see Mr. Lue your team was the one to commit the flagrant and nearly injure a guy. Now, J.R.is being accused of the same thing. "He's a true competitor", Stevens said after the game, according to ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Granted, the audio was clear to begin with, but the acknowledgment of the broadcast crew removed all doubt.

"People talk about him all the time".

Smith appeared to be slightly amused by the chant when it took place.

Smith pushed an airborne Horford in the lane and drew a flagrant.

The 32-year-old Smith is a 14-year National Basketball Association veteran, so he was unfazed by the whole ordeal. "I don't want the opposing fans to like me".

Even after the game, which the Celtics won 107-94, Smart remained less amused by the whole ordeal.

Rather than stooping down to Smith's level and making dirty plays, he chose to go the other way and get dirty on the score sheet, with six straight points after the foul. It was egregiously dirty, and it's just very fortunate that Horford wasn't seriously injured on the play, because he very well could have been. We know he can make shots, but just communication defensive-wise."Smith explained: "We were slow on our coverages".

Vanessa Coleman