J.R. Smith Suspended Two Games For Blow To Celtics’ Jae Crowder

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxyWn2AiORY

David Blatt can’t call on J.R. Smith until Game 3

J.R. Smith has officially been suspended 2 games by the NBA for his hit on the Boston Celtics’ Jae Crowder during yesterday’s Game 4 of the Celtics/Cavs series, after which the Celtics were eliminated from playoff contention

During the game–which was already contentious after the Cavs’ Kendrick Perkins, a member of the Celtics 2008 championship team, threw Crowder to the ground while setting an illegal screen–Smith and Crowder were battling for position prior to a rebound, which is when Smith swung his arm around struck Crowder in the face, sending Crowder straight to the ground. You can see footage of the incident above.

The Cavs have already moved on to the second round, where their likely opponent will be the Chicago Bulls, who will attempt to eliminate the Milwaukee Bucks in tonight’s Game 5, and the loss of J.R. Smith could prove to be problematic. J.R. Smith will not be eligible to play until the series switches to Chicago in Game 3.

LeBron James Drains One-Handed Full-Court Shot Like It’s Nothing

There are just no words

By now, we’ve all experienced that “witness” moment. A “witness” moment is when you realize, whether you love or hate LeBron James and/or the Cleveland Cavaliers, that King James is the most ridiculous basketball player on the planet, and probably the most freakish athlete in the game–all due respect to Russell Westbrook.

If you’ve yet to have your “witness” moment, have it now. Watch the above Vine clip, in which LeBron James–preparing to face-off with the Celtics in Boston in Game 2 of their opening round series–picks up a basketball, palms it as if he’s in the MLB and not the NBA, and effortlessly tosses it the full-length of the court at TD Garden. Nothing but net.

Before the ball swishes through the nylon, you can hear James demand, “give me my money,” which sounds like he and some of his teammates had a little friendly wager going on. They probably thought their money was safe, given the degree of difficulty.

They were sadly mistaken.

UPDATE: Dwight Howard couldn’t just sit back and let LeBron have all the fun. Check out his underhanded response below.

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