Celtics Fans May Have Made History With Expletive-Laden Chant Toward J.R. Smith
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By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals had it all. LeBron James going off for 40-plus and a triple-double. Marcus Smart diving all over tarnation. Hard fouls. Everything you could ever want in playoff basketball!

But there was also something that you might not expect, and it came from the fans.

It took place after Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith gave a two-hand shove to the back of Al Horford when the Celtics’ big man was in the air. It was, without question, a dirty play, one which prompted Celtics guard Marcus Smart to rush over and let Smith know that such moves would not be appreciated. The officials prevented anything from getting too out of hand before sending both teams to their respective benches as the play was reviewed to determine if it should be a flagrant foul.

It was then that the 18,000 fans in attendance may have made history when they unleashed an R-rated chant at Smith. It was, simply, “[Bleep] you, J.R.”

It came through loud and clear on the television broadcast, forcing the ESPN crew of Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy Mark Jackson to acknowledge what was being transmitted to millions watching around the country. Granted, the audio was clear to begin with, but the acknowledgment of the broadcast crew removed all...



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