The Cavs took a 1-0 series lead by abusing the Celtics, cruised to a 117-104 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and guard J.R. Smith expects the Boston Celtics to bring a physical and potentially “dirty” style to Friday’s Game 2.
“For them to come out swinging, playing scrappy like they do,” Smith said when asked how he thinks Boston will respond in the next contest, per Jordan Heck of Omnisport (h/t Sporting News). “So we just got to expect that and understand there might be some dirty plays, might be some cheap shots coming from the other side just because they are fighting for their lives at this point.”
Heck noted Marcus Smart and Tristan Thompson picked up a double-foul when they went “chest-to-chest while barking at one another” in Game 1. Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas also jawed with each other, although the Cavaliers guard had a classic response in the blowout:
Heck also pointed to the history between the Cavaliers and Kelly Olynyk since the Celtics big man injured Kevin Love by pulling his shoulder during the 2015 postseason.
Olynyk frustrated the Washington Wizards so much in the last round he caused Kelly Oubre to shove him, which earned the swingman a one-game suspension in the series.