The Cavaliers beat the Celtics yesterday to advance to the second round of the playoffs, but their victory came at a heavy cost. The NBA has weighed in on various incidents that occurred during the game, and today meted out punishment.
Starting shooting guard J.R. Smith was suspended two games without pay for throwing a backhand at Jae Crowder, for which he was ejected. Kendrick Perkins’s hard screen on Crowder, which earned him a Flagrant Foul 1, was upgraded to a Flagrant Foul 2, but Perkins will only be out some additional money. For yanking Kevin Love’s arm—which caused a dislocated shoulder*—the Celtics’s Kelly Olynyk was suspended for one game without pay, which he will serve next season.
With Love out for the entirety of the next round—presumably against the Bulls—due to that injured shoulder, and Smith out for the first two games of the series, the Cavaliers are suddenly in a lot of trouble.
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