Now where do James and the Cleveland Cavaliers go from here?
Smith was 0-for-7 shooting (0-4 on 3-pointers) and committed a flagrant foul in the fourth quarter.Jaylen Brown is torching JR tonight, 20-0Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown have a combined 33 points tonight: counterparts George Hill and JR smith have 3. LeBron James going off for 40-plus and a triple-double.
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. But if we've learned anything, it's that no one player can beat the Celtics.
Horford was able to hit a pair of free throws out of the Stevens timeout.
After the game, Smart told reporters that dirty plays like this are nothing new for Smith.
Smith pushed an airborne Horford in the lane and drew a flagrant.
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Tempers flared with 3:49 to play with Boston leading 97-89. "We gotta be tougher mentally and physically".
Down seven at the half, after trailing as many as 11 in the second quarter, the Celtics made their charge in the third quarter behind Rozier and a relentless Garden-faithful fueled attack.
But of course, as is always the case with Smart, the 11 points he scored didn't tell almost the whole story. "Sometimes they don't know what's at stake when you're so young, you just play because you plat that way anyway".
With James on the bench, Semi Ojeleye got the line for two and Greg Monroe scored inside for an 11-point lead with 11:14 to go. "We moved on to the next play and locked in even more after that". He entered the game 3-of-23 from 3-point over his last five games. The Heat won the final two games to reach the Finals. This is somewhat understandable given that the Raptors had now lost 10-straight games to the Cavaliers in the playoffs, and the consolation after those series typically was that this was LeBron James, and he simply does not lose in the Eastern Conference, which he's dominated for more than a decade. They can chant and scream all they want; it actually makes me feel better about myself.
But the Cavaliers' role players - specifically Kyle Korver - started to knock down some shots in the second quarter, and the Cavs started to pull away.
"I don't know where it came from but that sucker is tough", said Ted Williams, whose sister was the principal of Edward S. Marcus High in Flower Mound, when Smart was in school.