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J.R. Smith will be available to play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night against the Boston Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the NBA will not discipline Smith for the Flagrant 1 foul he committed against Al Horford in waning minutes of Game 2 at TD Garden on Tuesday night.
With 3:37 to play, Smith shoved Horford in the back and was hit with the Flagrant 1 after a review by the officials. The Celtics won the game, 107-94, to take a 2-0 advantage in the series.
Smith said after the game it was a “good call” by the officials and that he “blatantly” pushed Horford.
Smith said he was not trying to hurt Horford, though.
“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,” Smith said. “I can understand why they gave me a flagrant.”
After the game, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said Boston was “gooning it up.” His assessment didn’t bother the Celtics.
“Gooning? That’s a good word,” Boston forward Marcus Morris said. “(Crap), we’re doing what it takes. Whatever it takes, every player, 1 to 15, whatever it takes, that’s what we’re doing.
“You call it what you want to call it. We’re just trying to get the win.”