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Marcus Smart is mad at J.R. Smith and here’s why

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Things escalated quickly after a flagrant foul could have injured the Celtics’ all-star.

J.R. Smith and Marcus Smart got into a heated shoving match after a seemingly dirty play nearly injured Boston’s big man. Here’s how it went down.

The foul

The Celtics were running away with the game in the fourth quarter and Smart found Al Horford for a lob pass while rolling to the rim. Smith was behind the play and there was nothing he could have done to legally stop Horford from scoring on alley-oop. So he shoved Horford from behind with two hands, sending Boston’s All-Star big man sliding well past the stanchion.

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The follow-up

Smith was whistled for a foul, but Smart took exception to the play. You don’t push an airborne player from behind. That’s a dangerous move that could get someone badly injured.

So Smart rolled all up into Smith’s grill in his teammate’s defense. That resulted in an physical altercation that culminated with Smith mushing Smart in his face:

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The aftermath

The two emotional guards had to be separated, and upon further review, Smith’s play was upgraded to a flagrant foul one. It could have — and arguably should have — been a flagrant two. That’s a seriously dangerous play, one that wasn’t made on the basketball. The Celtics fans let him hear it with chants of “F*** you, J.R.”

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Al Horford’s wife, Anna, also had some choice words via Twitter for J.R. Smith:

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Smith admitted it was a bad play on his part

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“It was a good call. I blatantly pushed him. It wasn’t like I was trying to low bridge him or something. I just wanted to make sure he didn’t get it.”

Now what?

Well, these two teams have to play at least two more times and probably more so long as the Cavaliers don’t get swept. That means J.R. Smith and Marcus Smart will have many more chances at mushing each other in the face in the next week.

It probably won’t happen. The league doesn’t play with those on-court fights anymore, and this was as close as we’ll see to players throwing hands in the playoffs. But it just adds another wrinkle to a developing playoff rivalry between these two franchises.

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Rays top prospect Willy Adames goes yard in his 2nd MLB at bat

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Off of Chris Sale, too!

Just one day after extremely young Nationals prospect Juan Soto hit a home run on the very first pitch he saw in the major leagues, Rays top prospect Willy Adames followed suit with a home run in his second at bat after being called up to the show.

Adames hit his first career dinger off of Red Sox ace Chris Sale, which is a feat for a player with many major league reps under his belt nonetheless a green rookie just after being called up.

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What a smooth, confident swing that is too. Adames didn’t look shaky or nervous at all in his first few trips to the plate, and a home run is proof that he felt more than comfortable facing off with one of the best pitchers in the league.

Rays staffers were in the Tropicana Field stands for quite a while making a deal with the fan who caught the ball, but in the end they were successful and Adames will be able to go home with his meaningful souvenir.

He was only called up because Joey Wendle is away from the team for a few days for paternity leave, so this might be a short trip up for Adames. If he keeps doing that at the plate he might just be able to extend his time with the Rays. Regardless, not a bad start.

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After months of persistent rumors and speculation, it was made official over the weekend that Johnny Manziel is headed to the CFL after signing a two-year deal with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.While there have been whispers that Manziel possibly piqued the interest of at least some NFL teams, nothing materialized quickly enough, which is why 25-year-old opted to begin his pro football career resurrection in Canada instead of waiting things out. “It was really the wait,” Manziel said Tuesday on “PFT Live,”
via the New York Post. “I didn’t want to get into something down the road where I’m waiting until August, waiting until training camps open, and then if something doesn’t transpire I’m getting here late.”As far as possible interest out of NFL teams perhaps intrigued by bringing him aboard, Manziel suggests something almost occurred.“I think it was close,” Manziel said. “I did reach out and talk to multiple teams and coaches I had met in my first couple years in the league.”Scouts from 13 NFL teams reportedly wa

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