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J.R. Smith Suspended 2 Games for Game 4 Incident vs. Celtics

David Richard/USA TODAY Sports

The NBA announced Monday that Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has been suspended two games for taking a swing at Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder in the Cavaliers’ series-ending Game 4 victory on Sunday. This means Smith will miss the first two games of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, which will likely come against the Chicago Bulls.

There were several other punishments doled out from that game. Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk has received a one-game ban for yanking on Kevin Love‘s arm while the two were battling a for a rebound; a play that resulted in an injury to Love that’ll keep him out for the entirety of the East Semis and maybe longer if the Cleveland advances.

Finally, Kendrick Perkins has been fined $15,000 for a flagrant foul he committed in Game 4.

With Smith missing the first two games of the East Semis and Love out for the entire series, the Cavaliers will be down two key shooters. That’ll put more onus on LeBron James and Kyrie Irving offensively, and Cleveland’s role players will have to step up as well.

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