Is J.R. Smith a dirty player? Here's a history



On Tuesday night, Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith pushed the Boston Celtics’ Al Horford while the center was in mid-air, an extremely dangerous play:

Horford’s teammate Marcus Smart later called out Smith for his reputation. From USA TODAY Sports:

“That’s a dirty shot,” Smart said. “You just can’t allow that to keep happening. This is not the first time JR’s done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us. He’s known for it, especially playing against us. We know that. It’s like a bully. You keep letting a bully keep picking on you, he’s going to keep picking on you until you finally stand up, and that’s what I tried to do.”

If you search for “J.R. Smith” and “dirty,” this pops up:

That’s some of what Smart is referring to. You have to wonder if that history will lead the NBA to change that foul to a flagrant 2 and consider discipline for the veteran guard.

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