Celtics Vs. Cavaliers: J.R. Smith Reportedly Will Not Be Punished By NBA For Flagrant Foul On Al Horford In Game 2

With just under four minutes to play in the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Boston Celtics held an eight-point lead on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Things were looking good for the Celtics, but the Cavaliers certainly weren't out of the game, especially with LeBron James on their side. What they needed was a few stops to give themselves a chance at a comeback. Instead, they unraveled. 

The most notable moment came when J.R. Smith decided to shove Al Horford in the back while the Celtics big man was in mid-air going up for an alley-oop. Thankfully Horford was uninjured, but nevertheless Smith's play led to a small fracas, as Marcus Smart got in Smith's face to stick up for his teammate. After a review, Smith was given a flagrant one foul, and double technicals were assessed to Smart and Smith. 

Now, the league has decided that there will be no further punishment for Smith. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported as much on Wednesday afternoon. 

The NBA will not discipline Cleveland's JR Smith for the foul on Boston's Al Horford in Game 2 of Eastern Conference Finals, league source tells ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 16, 2018

After the game, Smart called Smith's action "dirty," while the Cavaliers guard confessed it was the right decision to give him a flagrant foul. While it may be slightly surprising that Smith won't even be given a small fine for what as a pretty dangerous play, the fact that he won't face any sort of suspension is probably good news for the Celtics. 

Celtics Vs. Cavaliers: J.R. Smith Reportedly Will Not Be Punished By NBA For Flagrant Foul On Al Horford In Game 2

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Celtics Vs. Cavaliers: J.R. Smith Reportedly Will Not Be Punished By NBA For Flagrant Foul On Al Horford In Game 2

Celtics Vs. Cavaliers: J.R. Smith Reportedly Will Not Be Punished By NBA For Flagrant Foul On Al Horford In Game 2

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Celtics Vs. Cavaliers: J.R. Smith Reportedly Will Not Be Punished By NBA For Flagrant Foul On Al Horford In Game 2

Celtics Vs. Cavaliers: J.R. Smith Reportedly Will Not Be Punished By NBA For Flagrant Foul On Al Horford In Game 2

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Celtics Vs. Cavaliers: J.R. Smith Reportedly Will Not Be Punished By NBA For Flagrant Foul On Al Horford In Game 2