J.R. Smith, Kelly Olynyk Suspended: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2015

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The NBA has dished out the respective punishments for J.R. Smith and Kelly Olynyk following the Cleveland Cavaliers' series-clinching victory over the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2015 NBA playoffs on Sunday.   

According to Turner Sports' Rachel Nichols, Smith earned a two-game suspension for striking Jae Crowder, while Olynyk got a one-game ban for his armbar on Kevin Love.

Smith was ejected from Game 4 after picking up a flagrant-2 foul.   

Crowder immediately crumpled to the floor and exited the game. Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears reported Monday that the Celtics forward sprained his left ACL. Smith went on Instagram to apologize for his actions:

Earlier in the contest, Olynyk knocked Love out of the game when the three-time All-Star dislocated his shoulder.

Love didn't mince words after the game, per ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin:

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Kevin Love: "I thought it was a bush-league play ... I have no doubt in my mind that he did it on purpose"

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More Kevin Love: "That's just not a basketball play ... The league will take a look at it and it better be swift and just"

The Cavaliers announced Monday that Love will miss at least the team's Eastern Conference Semifinals clash with the Chicago Bulls or Milwaukee Bucks. A more accurate timetable for his return will be available in the coming days.

Cleveland entered as a strong favorite to win the East, but between the injury to Love and the absence of Smith for the first two games, the Cavs will be in serious trouble against the Bulls should Chicago be their opponent in the next round. Bleacher Report's Ethan J. Skolnick pointed out how the Cavs will miss Smith:

Ethan J. Skolnick @EthanJSkolnick

With JR Smith suspended 2 games, David Blatt can try a lot of different lineups, but few have played more than 15 minutes together

With two of his key players absent, head coach David Blatt will likely lean even more heavily on LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.


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