Marcus Smart calls out JR Smith after Game 2

Smith had a miserable night in the 107-94 loss to the Celtics, failing to provide the secondary scoring the Cavaliers needed beyond LeBron James and Kevin Love, missing all seven shots with zero points as the Cavaliers' drop 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals. Smith missed his final 3-pointer with Marcus Smart pestering him closely, and his shove as Horford jumped under the rim came immediately after that.

Smart said Smith's play was a "dirty shot".

"That's not the first time J.R. has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us", Smart said. He's not even looking, and you go and take two hands to his back. A minor skirmish broke out and Smith was assessed a Flagrant 1, which probably should have been a Flagrant 2 and an ejection. "You can't just allow that to keep happening".

In the 2nd half, Al Horford went up to catch an alley-oop when J.R. Smith inexplicably pushed him mid-flight, causing him to tumble to the ground. "We know that. It's like a bully; you keep letting a bully pick on you, he's going to keep picking on you until you stand up". Smith was involved, though he was not alone in those missed assignments."A few miscommunications", coach Tyronn Lue said. "One of my guys was down and I took offence to it". It wasn't like I was trying to low bridge him or something. Hard fouls. Everything you could ever want in playoff basketball! "But that's the thing about the group of our guys".

"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.

Said Thompson: "If we don't get stops on the defensive end, they're going to make open threes".

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