Twitter buries Cavs after falling into 0-2 hole against Celtics

Celtics withstand James' huge night

Marcus Smart doesn't care about the effect the hardwood can have on human flesh. But the Celtics were able to hang around, and only trailed by four points at the end of the first quarter. But Smith disrupted the play by shoving Horford past the hoop while he was in mid-air, a clear Flagrant 1 foul. On either end of the floor.George Hill and JR Smith have scored THREE points in a combined 53 minutes tonight...

"He makes winning plays, he makes tough plays", Lue said.

"Oh, man, we're out there to play basketball", Smart said. He can't control how his body goes, and he's not even looking.

James briefly went back to the locker room after suffering what the Cavaliers called a "neck strain" after taking a shot from Tatum, but soon returned to action late in the second quarter, and finished the half with 25 points. "You can't allow that to keep happening".

"We have to be tougher", Lue said.

"It's like a bully". We know that. So, you know, it's like a bully: You keep letting a bully keep picking on you, he's going to pick on you until you finally stand up, and that's what I tried to do.

Smith has a history of dirty tactics, and Smart's right that this isn't the first time it's happened against the Celtics.

Boston's brash forward had spilled beyond the baseline while finishing a third-quarter layup through the contact of Tristan Thompson and then, sitting at the feet of Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck in a game where the score would soon be tied, Morris turned toward Thompson, who was lying next to him, and repeatedly screamed directly in his face. Later in the third, he took a hand-off from Al Horford with Kyle Korver trailing the play. The question is whether he realizes how dumb and risky it was. "Some nights not knowing (what) we were going to do and I just promised my mom, I'm going to make it for us". "It was a good, hard foul". "I've always been playing because I knew this was eventually going to pay off in the long run for me".

While Smith didn't use any verbiage like "gooning" to describe the Celtics, he said he expected the conference finals to be hard-fought. You can quibble over how much force he put into the shove, but there's no debating that was blatantly dirty and unnecessary.

Smart remembered the first-round playoff series against the Cavaliers three years ago when Smith elbowed former teammate Jae Crowder.

Oh, and by the way.

Before checking out, James made one of two free throws, giving Cleveland its largest lead of the game at 11 points.

Boston pushed their lead to double-digits early in the fourth quarter. Now, J.R.is being accused of the same thing.

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