Even though the Cavaliers comfortably beat the Celtics 113-100 in Game 1 of their first round playoff series, not everyone on the Cavs was completely happy about how the game went.
Cavs guard J.R. Smith expressed to reporters his frustration with the game's officiating. Smith, who picked up four fouls in 19 minutes while guarding Celtics guard Avery Bradley yesterday, had this to say about the officiating, according to Bleacher Report's Ethan Skolnick:
"Don't touch Avery Bradley. Apparently he's like Kobe now, so I can't touch him." [Ethan Skolnick's Twitter]Interesting.
Especially because Bradley didn't shoot a single free throw yesterday and shot the ball miserably. Hey J.R., maybe if you didn't run your shoulder into Kelly Olynyk knocking him to the ground, just to get through a screen, you wouldn't have been whistled for four fouls.
Smith earned two fouls while trying to deny the ball from Bradley and one foul trying to block Marcus Smart's layup. He certainly got his money's worth for each foul committed. Don't understand why Smith is complaining, maybe he'll change his mind after the next Cavaliers film session.
NBC Pro Basketball Talk's Dan Feldman put together a YouTube video of Smith guarding Bradley. Take a look for yourself:
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