Boston Celtics

By Ty Anderson,

Cavaliers guard JR Smith will not face any further discipline for his dangerous shove to Celtics center Al Horford in Game 2, a league source has told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

“I blatantly pushed [Horford],” Smith, who was converted on just two of his 16 field goal attempts this series, admitted after the 107-94 loss. “It wasn’t like I was trying to low-bridge him or something. I just wanted to make sure he didn’t get it.

“It was a good, hard foul. I understand why [the referees] gave me a flag there.”

While Horford brushed the play off and carried on, his Celtic teammates did not feel the same.

Marcus Smart, the first to get in Smith’s face after the shove, was particularly upset with the Cleveland shooter.

“[Horford’s] a defenseless person, he’s in the air,” Smart said following the win. “He can’t control how his body goes. He’s not even looking, and you go and take two hands to his back. That’s a dirty shot. You just can’t allow that to keep happening. It’s not the first time J.R.’s done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us.

“It’s like a bully. You keep letting a bully keep picking on you, he’s gonna keep picking on you until you finally stand up. One of my guys was down, and I took offense to it.”

The Eastern Conference Finals continues Saturday night in Cleveland.

Ty Anderson is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Ty? Follow him on Twitter @_TyAnderson.