Kelly Olynyk separates Kevin Love‘s shoulder:
Kendrick Perkins two-arm shoves Jae Crowder to the floor:
J.R. Smith hammers Crowder in the face:
In the aftermath of Sunday’s playoff basketball blowout that turned into the eighth level of Street Fighter, the Cleveland Cavaliers are not happy. After being on the business end of a Kelly Olynyk arm bar that dislocated his shoulder, Kevin Love said, “I thought it was a bush-league play. I have no doubt in my mind he did it on purpose. That’s just not a basketball play. The league will take a look at it, and it better be swift and just.”
Of course, the Celtics could use the exact same phraseology to describe the plays by Kendrick Perkins and J.R. Smith on Jae Crowder, given that Perk made no attempt to even pretend he was trying to anything other than drill Crowder into the hardwood and Smith was so intent on sucker punching him he missed the rebound and was called for the flagrant-2. So the Cavs might want to tread lightly before they start portraying themselves as the aggrieved party on this one.
The series didn’t give us much to talk about from a basketball standpoint, but at least it offers us a good, wholesome, old-fashioned fight controversy, which is a gift that will last long after the 2014-15 playoff run is forgotten. So here’s your chance to weigh in. Who do you think is responsible for dishing out the dirtiest play in Game 4?
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