Report: NBA won't discipline Cavs' Smith for Game 2 shove

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Posted at May 17 2018 09:47 AM

JR Smith (5) of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the second half against the Boston Celtics during Game Two of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer, Getty Images/AFP

Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith will not face discipline from the NBA for his hard foul on Boston Celtics forward Al Horford in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, according to a report from ESPN.

Smith shoved an airborne Horford on a drive to the basket late in the fourth quarter. Smith was assessed a flagrant-1 following a review by the officials.

"It was a good call," Smith said postgame. "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."

Meanwhile, Marcus Smart and Smith exchanged shoves after the incident and had to be separated, with each player being whistled for a technical foul.

"Al is a defenseless person. He's in the air. 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. You just can't allow that to keep happening," said Smart.

The Celtics lead the series 2-0. Game 3 is Saturday night in Cleveland.

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