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Smith committed a lazy and risky flagrant foul on Horford that gave the Celtics 4 points on one possession to take a 101-89 lead with 3:37 to go. Shooting guard J.R. Smith took over Shumpert's starting job in Cleveland but has played bad this season.

It was the only time Smith was on target.

With just under four minutes to play in the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Boston Celtics held an eight-point lead on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Notably, Jaylen Brown scored 23 points, Terry Rozier added 18 points, while Al Horford finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Boston, who improved to 8-0 this post-season at home.

"He's known for it, especially playing against us", Smart said.

He said: "We need tremendous focus".

Ultimately, the decision as to when a player will return will be made by the team physician, but they will have to meet certain benchmarks in order to show that a player's physically ready to step back on the floor. Cleveland still has the ultimate trump card in James, and-as you'll hear a thousand times before Saturday-a playoff series doesn't start until a home team loses. Boston built off their strong showing in the conference semifinals as they pummeled Cleveland en route to a 108-83 win in Game 1 to draw first blood in the series.

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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Smith will not be facing further punishment from the league.

Later in the summer, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics made a trade that completely shocked the sports world. Additionally, the bench only tallied 19 points with 11 points coming from sharpshooter Kyle Korver in the second quarter.

For Cleveland, it was a demoralising scoreline, after what was another astonishing moment in year 15 of James' career.

Now, Lue has to ponder another shake-up. There wasn't much lacking from James on Tuesday.

The Cavs gave up 36 points on 14-of-25 (56 percent) from the field and 5-of-10 (50 percent) from 3-point range. Sit him and risk never getting him back.

Then, when the Cavs cut the lead to six - a stretch aided by two minutes of shoddy offense and carelessness from the Celtics - and James had that look in his eye, the same one he flashed at the Pacers and Raptors, Lue went with another odd quintet. Smith has been locked in defensively throughout the postseason, so Lue is assuming he'll get it together.

James might have an even better game in him, where he continues to take and hit the hard shots all game long, but if you panic and force adjustments because of it, you will be making things much easier on him.

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Veteran Jose Calderon appears to be out of consideration despite his steadiness and experience.

Of course, there's irony in Cleveland having backcourt issues in this series.

First, the Houston Rockets acquired future Hall of Fame point guard Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers, officially ending the Lob City Era in LA and giving James Harden an extremely talented right-hand man. Cleveland lacks enough playmakers capable of creating their own shot or opportunities for others.

They lost prized free agent addition Gordon Hayward in the first six minutes of the season opener and responded with a 16-game winning streak. "It was a good, hard foul", Smith said.

"I felt like it was uncalled for that type of play there", Horford said.

"I love it", he said. They can chant and scream all they want.

The Celtics, on the other hand, knew they could not treat him like that.

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