JR Smith Ejected For Punching Jae Crowder During Game 4 (Video)
Kevin Love isn’t the only Cavaliers player who could miss some time when the Cavs take on the Chicago Bulls (probably) in the second-round of the NBA Playoffs. JR Smith may also be sidelined for a game or two after the league looks into the flagrant-2 foul he received for punching the Celtics’ Jae Crowder during the Cavs’ series-clinching victory in Game 4 on Sunday.
Take a look:
JR Smith was ejected for the punch, which took place early in the third quarter. As for Crowder, he had to leave the game with a left knee sprain.
Many believe Smith’s strike was in retaliation for Kelly Olynyk‘s actions earlier in the game, which resulted in Love’s shoulder injury. And it wasn’t the first time a Cleveland player went after Crowder during the contest, either.
Earlier in the game, Kendrick Perkins did this to the Celtics’ forward:
Perkins was only assessed a flagrant-1 for the bodycheck and subsequent jab to Crowder’s face, so he’ll be available for Game 1 against the Chicago Bulls (assuming the Bucks don’t complete a historic comeback). Unfortunately for Cleveland, the same likely cannot be said for Smith or Love.