In what appeared to be retaliation for Kevin Love’s injury, JR Smith smacked Jae Crowder in the face in the second half of Sunday’s game 4 win. As result Crowder also fell awkwardly and hurt his knee.
On the heels of all of this, the league has handed down punishment. The Cavaliers will be without JR Smith for the first two games of the 2nd round and Kelly Olynyk was suspended just one game for yanking Kevin Love’s shoulder out of the socket.
The NBA later announced that Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has been suspended for two games for striking Boston’s Jae Crowder in the face during the third quarter of Game 4; that the Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk has been suspended for one game for his role in Love’s shoulder dislocation; and that Cleveland center Kendrick Perkins had been fined $15,000 for his illegal screen on and subsequent shove of Crowder during the second quarter. (Perk had initially been assessed a flagrant foul-1. That was upgraded to a flagrant-2 upon further review, leading to the assessment of the fine.)