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BOSTON, MA - MAY 15: JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the second half against the Boston Celtics during Game Two of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith will not be disciplined by the NBA for his flagrant foul on Boston Celtics big man Al Horford during the Cavs’ 107-94 loss to the Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski

As seen in the following video, Smith pushed Horford in the back while he was going up for an easy dunk in the waning minutes of the game:

Horford went crashing to the floor, and Celtics guard Marcus Smart was among those who took issue with the play.

According to ESPN.com’s Dave McMenamin, Smart said after the game, “That’s not the first time JR has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us. He’s known for it, especially playing against us. We know that. So, you know, it’s like a bully: You keep letting a bully keep picking on you, he’s going to pick on you until you finally stand up, and that’s what I tried to do. One of my guys was down, and I took offense to it.”

Officials reviewed the play and gave Smith a flagrant 1 foul, which meant he was not ejected from the game.

Basketball Hall of Famer and TNT NBA analyst Reggie Miller felt the referees made a mistake by not tossing Smith:

Smith struggled mightily in Game 2, as he missed all seven of his attempts from the field and finished the contest without a point.

Even so, Smith is a key player for the Cavs due to his usual ability to knock down open threes created by LeBron James breaking down the defense.

That didn’t come to fruition in Game 2, but Cleveland is at its best when the likes of Smith, Kevin Love and Kyle Korver are making their shots from long range.

Because of that, the Cavs and Smith are fortunate that he was able to avoid a suspension.

If Smith can get back on track in Game 3 and lend a helping hand to LeBron, then it will go a long way toward helping Cleveland come back from the 2-0 series deficit it currently faces.

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