J.R. Smith knows he committed a flagrant foul last night in Game 2 against the Boston Celtics. And it would be called as such.
“It was a good call. I blatantly pushed him. It wasn’t like I was trying to low-bridge him or something to make sure he didn’t get it. It was a good, hard foul. I can understand why they gave me a flagrant.”
But the NBA isn’t punishing him for it, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
“The NBA will not discipline Cleveland’s JR Smith for the foul on Boston’s Al Horford in Game 2 of Eastern Conference Finals, league source tells ESPN.”
We don’t even know if this is a good or bad thing for the Cavaliers at this point. LeBron James barely got any help last night. Needless to say, Smith and company need to figure things out in Game 3. Fortunately, they have a few days to do so. Game 3 doesn’t tip off until Saturday night. In the meantime, there’s a whole lot of questions for Cleveland to answer.
By the way, Smith is averaging just two points, two rebounds and an assist per game on 12.5 percent shooting over the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals.