J.R. Smith was called for a foul when the Cavs and Celtics met in the playoffs, in Game Four, and it was so bad – he threw an elbow – that the refs kicked him right out of the game. While he’s not one of the best players on the Cavs, he has been a big part of their turnaround and he is a solid player for that team. His getting thrown out definitely hurt, and it will hurt more if he is also suspended for his actions.
The worst thing about it, though, is that the Cavs were winning big. There is something to be said for playing rough when the game is close. Not that anyone ever needs to throw an elbow, but guys may go a bit beyond what they should do in an attempt to win. This is something that is seen in a lot of sports, not just basketball.
However, the Cavs were up by 21 points. They have the best player in the NBA, though that is just an opinion from Handy, so they weren’t going to choke away a lead like that to a Boston team that most people thought wouldn’t make it to the playoffs at all. What Smith did was simply because he was angry and he was being too aggressive. While all fouls can be costly, there are smart fouls and dumb fouls. It’s safe to say this didn’t qualify as the former.