Al Horford speaks out on J.R. Smith’s flagrant foul
Al Horford wasn’t pleased with a late shot from J.R. Smith in the latter stages of the fourth quarter. The Boston Celtics center looked to finish an alley-oop play and was pushed in the back while airborne by Smith, causing Horford to stumble into the stanchion.
Smith made no attempt to contest the shot or get the basketball, which was ruled a Flagrant 1 foul by the officiating crew, with many thinking it was worthy of an ejection due to the hazardous nature of the play.
J.R. Smith gets called for a flagrant 1 after giving Al Horford a mid-air shove. pic.twitter.com/CUL1mVILo1
— Taylor Snow (@taylorcsnow) May 16, 2018
Marcus Smart was quick to confront Smith after the play after seeing his teammate flying under the basket, potentially risking an injury with his body out of control in mid-air.
Horford wasn’t happy with the play but was quick to move on from it with a task at hand.
“I felt like it was uncalled for,” said Horford after the game, according to Keith Smith of RealGM. “But our guys have each other’s backs. We moved on to the next play and locked in after that.”
Smith had one of his now-familiar goose-egg outings, going 0-for-7 from the floor and 0-for-4 from deep — having next to no impact in the game.
Horford was once again a catalyst, putting up 15 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocks in a rousing 107-94 Game 2 win to go up 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals.