Sport Tyronn Lue says Celtics ‘gooning the game up;’ Marcus Smart upset with JR Smith’s flagrant

07:55  16 may  2018
07:55  16 may  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

Marcus Smart's mother begins chemo, wants son to focus on playoffs

  Marcus Smart's mother begins chemo, wants son to focus on playoffs Smart's mother was recently diagnosed with bone marrow cancer, but told her son he needs to remain focused on beating the Cavaliers.The Celtics guard's mother, Camellia, was recently diagnosed with bone marrow cancer and started chemotherapy Monday — the day after Game 1.

“LeBron is on just a ridiculous run,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. “Every time we come to the playoffs he has that edge,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said of James. “He has been doing this a long time,” Boston guard Marcus Smart said .

BOSTON -- JR Smith has offered more than a few justifications for Tyronn Lue ' s sticking with him in what has been (until lately) a fairly trying season for Smith and the Cavs. "Sometimes your shot is going to come and go, that' s just part of the game ," Lue said .

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue wants his team to play more physically as the Eastern Conference finals shifts to Cleveland.

a group of people playing a game of basketball: JR Smith and Marcus Smart © (Getty Images) JR Smith and Marcus Smart

The Celtics took a 2-0 series lead over the Cavs with a 107-94 win on Tuesday night. Six different Boston players recorded double-figure scoring totals in the game.

“They’re playing tougher than we are. We see that,” Lue said to reporters after the loss. “They’re being physical. They’re gooning the game up and we’ve got to do the same thing. We’ve got to be tougher mentally and physically.”

But, it was the Celtics players that were upset with a foul late in the fourth quarter.

Marcus Smart irked by Cavs 'bully' J.R. Smith's flagrant foul

  Marcus Smart irked by Cavs 'bully' J.R. Smith's flagrant foul Cleveland's J.R. Smith was criticized by Boston's Marcus Smart for his "dirty shot" on Al Horford in the Cavaliers' loss to the Celtics.The Cavs fell down by two games in the series in a 107-94 loss in Boston, where Smith's fourth-quarter clash with Horford and Smart was a major flashpoint.

Would Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue allow LeBron James or other Cleveland players to do something similar? DeRozan, after getting benched for the fourth quarter of Game 3, got ejected for a flagrant foul in the third quarter Marcus Smart added 14, but when your defensive specialist is your third

Tyronn Lue said Sunday that he liked the physical approach the Cavaliers showed in Game 4 and his team needs to replicate the same mindset on Monday' s Game 5 at Oakland. Cavs guard JR Smith took issue with Lue ' s wording.

With 3:49 to play and Boston leading by eight, JR Smith pushed Al Horford in the back while he was attempting to finish an alley-oop. Following the play, Boston guard Marcus Smart confronted Smith and the pair exchanged words. Smith was called for a flagrant 1 foul after replay review.

Smart said after the game that Smith’s foul was "a dirty shot."

“We just can’t allow that to keep happening,” Smart said. “That’s not the first time JR has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us. It’s like a bully. You keep letting a bully pick on you, he’s going to keep picking on you until you finally stand up.”

Smith shot 0 of 7 from the field and failed to score in the game. Smart finished with 11 points and nine assists off the bench for Boston.

Cavaliers in need of LeBron's defense in pivotal game 4 .
LeBron James has been Mr. Everything for the Cleveland Cavaliers for much of the 2018 postseason. Yet, coach Tyronn Lue said Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals — won 116-86 by the Cavs — was James’ best “in a long time.”Because James really defended.“As far as helping, closing out to Jaylen Brown’s chest, making him put it on the floor,” Lue explained. “Closing out to (Marcus) Morris. Closing out to (Marcus) Smart, so he did a really good job of just setting the tone of multiple effort and that was good for us.”James scored 27 points to go with 12 assists on 8-of-12 shooting.

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