*To say Sunday’s close out game between the Cavaliers and Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs was filled with plenty of physical aggression would be an understatement. Well, today three Cavs found out the price they are going to have to pay … literally and figuratively for their bad boy activities.
Here’s what Cleveland.com is reporting:
Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith (pictured) has been suspended two games for his backhanded punch to Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder in the team’s Game 4 win on Sunday, the NBA announced on Monday.
Smith knew it was coming.
“I know I’m nervous as hell to see what could come out of this,” Smith said after the game. “It’s a situation I put my teammates in and it’s a selfish act…Hopefully it works out for the best.”
Crowder sustained an ACL sprain in his left knee as he fell to the floor following the blow.
Boston’s forward Kelly Olynyk was suspended a game for his role in dislocating the shoulder of Kevin Love, an injury that will keep the power forward out the entire second round.
Kendrick Perkins was hit with a $15,000 fine for his blindsided screen of Crowder in retaliation of the Love play.
Get the FULL story at Cleveland.com.