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The Boston Celtics throttled the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-94 Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.

And yet one of the bigger storylines coming out of Game 2 didn’t involve the victorious team or even LeBron James.

No, a big talking point involved mercurial Cavs shooting guard J.R. Smith and his late-game foul against Celtics center Al Horford.

The play in question came late in the fourth quarter with the game still up for grabs.

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Many, including the television announcers, were stunned that Smith wasn’t assessed a flagrant-2 foul. He was assessed a flagrant-1, which doesn’t include an automatic ejection.

Do you think the NBA should discipline Smith for that foul?

Frankly, it was a dirty, bush league play. Horford could’ve been seriously injured.

Furious Celtics fans immediately began raining down “F— you, J.R.” chants.

And now, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the NBA will keep the foul a flagrant-1 and there is no expected discipline for Smith.

Naturally, this set off some very vocal fans, including Al Horford’s sister.

And perhaps that’s the most stunning part of it all. Smith does have a history of questionable plays. One of his most infamous moments happened in Boston, when he clocked then-Celtics forward Jae Crowder flush on the side of his head in a completely unnatural motion.

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Of note, not every fan was miffed. Smith has been catatonic in the Eastern Conference Finals thus far. He scored 4 points in Game 1 and a whopping zero points in Game 2.

Naturally this led to quite a few people making the same joke about how the real punishment for the Cavaliers was the fact that Smith would play.

So is J.R. Smith a dirty player? The evidence is mounting against him. After all, if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it’s not a horse.

Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals will take place Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena.

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Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than five years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics.
Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than five years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics. He graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. He is an avid fan of sports, video games, politics and debate.
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