Horford was OK after his fall to the floor, but Marcus Smart was not too pleased with Smith.
He got into Smith's face - not the first time that the Cavaliers and Celtics butted heads in the game - and kept the arena charged with an energy that seemed to buoy the team late in the fourth quarter, making the game all but unwinnable.
Smith pushed an airborne Horford in the lane and drew a flagrant. "And I just looked at it, Al is in a defenseless position. We moved on to the next play and we locked in after that". It was a risky play and Marcus Smart went over in anger to Smith as he defended his teammate who was put at risk. He can't control how his body goes, and he's not even looking, and you go and take two hands to the back.
Horford was the best player on the floor in the first quarter, an unbelievable accomplishment considering Cavaliers superstar LeBron James was on the parquet at the same time. You keep letting a bully keep picking on you, he's going to pick on you until you finally stand up.
Smith had an absolutely brutal game - zero points on 0-for-7 shooting in 27 minutes in what ended up being a loss to knock the Cavs down 0-2 in the series.
This series already is quite physical, and we should expect more of the same when the action shifts to Cleveland for Game 3 on Saturday. "One of my guys was down and I took offense to it".
It's possible Smith could face further discipline from the National Basketball Association for his cheap play, but no reports have surfaced as of this writing. This isn't the first time Smith got himself caught in the middle of the Boston's crowd's anger.