Jae Crowder demands apology from J.R. Smith

Last spring, after Kelly Olynyk dislocated Kevin Love‘s elbow, the Cavaliers elected to retaliate, first with a hard screen on Jae Crowder, and then when that didn’t stick … J.R. Smith did this.

On the play, Crowder suffered a sprained ACL, which is just a crazy way to suffer that injury.

Smith’s actions never really made much sense, since it never appeared that Crowder had anything to do with the simmer bad blood between the two teams. It also made perfect sense, because doing things that make little sense is kind of Smith’s thing.

With the Celtics and Cavaliers set to play Tuesday night, Crowder was asked about the whole thing. And Crowder, hilariously, wants an apology.

“I hope he apologizes [Tuesday], to be honest with you,” said Crowder, who avoided surgery but spent the early part of his offseason rehabbing the injury that occurred as he fell to the court. Smith was ejected and suspended for two games for the incident, but has apparently not apologized to Crowder.

Added Crowder: “I hope it wasn’t intentional. But if he doesn’t [apologize], then we’ll play ball.”

When asked if Smith delivered a cheap shot, Crowder repeated himself.

“I hope he apologizes tomorrow,” Crowder said. “But if he doesn’t, we’ll play ball.”

Source: Boston Celtics‘ Jae Crowder wants apology from Cleveland Cavaliers‘ J.R. Smith.

Let me go ahead and go out on a limb here and predict that Smith will not be apologizing to Crowder for hitting him in the face. That falls squarely outside the lines of “what you would expect Smith to do” in nearly any permutation of this situation, up to and including all alternate versions of Smith that exist in parallel universes. So between that and the Olynyk-Love animosity, you can probably expect this game to be a little rough.

This was probably how the Cavs reacted to Crowder wanting an apology. (USATSI)
This was probably how the Cavs reacted to Crowder wanting an apology. (USATSI)

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