J.R. Smith: Cavs should be prepared for dirty plays or cheap shots against Celtics

The Cleveland Cavaliers put the Boston Celtics to shame in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

The 117-104 outcome was nowhere near indicative of the slamming LeBron James and the Cavs put down at TD Garden. It was so embarrassing, in fact, that the Cavs are bracing for impact in Game 2 from a Celtics team now fighting for their lives.

Here's what J.R. Smith said ahead of Friday night's tilt on what to expect from the scrambling Celtics, via Fox Sports Ohio.

For them to come out swinging, playing scrappy like they do. They've been playing like that all year. Whenever their backs up against the wall, they tend to play better, just like we do. So, we just got to expect that and understand there might be dirty plays, might be cheap shots or whatever coming from the other side, just because they're fighting for their lives at this point. So, we just got to keep doing what we've been doing.

Smith knows in the NBA that a hurt pride could lead to a more physical game. And after the Cavs did what they did in front of Boston fans in Game 1, the Celtics will no doubt be hungry for revenge in the form of a win. But an increased physicality in the game might be an indirect result of that.

Game 2 of the series in Boston will be Friday night at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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