Following the final game of their series, the Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has been suspended for two basketball games without pay. This means that he will miss the first two games of the 2015 NBA Eastern Conference semifinals. They did an amazing job at shutting the Boston Celtics team down, as they won with an impressive 4-0.
Smith’s incident, where he swung his arm and made contact with Celtics forward Jae Crowder, got him his 2nd Flagrant Foul. this resulted in him being ejected from the game 10:24 into the third quarter. This will certainly affect how the Cavs deal with the next winner between the Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks.
Smith was not the only player to get penalized during that heated series final match. Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk was suspended for one game without pay. Olynyk was caught yanking on the Cavs forward Kevin Love’s arm with just a few minutes left in the first quarter. He will serve his suspension during the first game of the 2015-2016 NBA regular season.
I am sure we will see many more flagrant fouls as that playoffs continue. Rivalries, fouls, and getting shut-out come with the basketball, and some players simply cannot handle the pressure. Let’s hope the Cavaliers don’t get into a pinch before a, hopefully, calmer J.R. Smith returns.