The NBA announced Monday that JR Smith of the Cleveland Cavaliers is suspended for the next two games of the team’s playoff run thanks to his vicious backhand of Boston’s Jae Crowder.
The Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk was also handed down a one-game suspension for his dislocation of Kevin Love’s shoulder and Cleveland’s Kendrick Perkins was fined $15k for his retaliatory shove of Crowder.
The suspensions are a joke though. It’s a cop-out for the league to suspend Olynyk. Maybe a fine would be suitable, but sitting him for a game, albeit next season, is pretty outrageous. If Love’s injury didn’t force him to miss the entire second round, there’s no way Olynyk is taking a game off.
As for Smith, Matt Barnes can sum it up himself:
Smith has a track record of doing really dumb things and this was pretty awful. Two games is pretty stiff for a playoff series, but if Andrew Bynum was suspended five games for this, not sure how Smith only gets two for something just as blatant.
As for the actual series, with Cleveland missing two shooters, get ready to see a whole lot more of Iman Shumpert, Matthew Dellavedova and James Jones.