JR Smith on 'F--k You, JR' Chant: 'I Don't Want the Opposing Fans to Like Me'

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMay 16, 2018

BOSTON, MA - MAY 15:  JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the second half against the Boston Celtics during Game Two of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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JR Smith didn't have a problem with Boston Celtics fans chanting "F--k you, JR" after he was assessed a flagrant-1 foul for pushing Al Horford in the back on a lob attempt in the fourth quarter of Game 2.

In fact, he seemed to relish the jeers.

"I love it. I don't want the opposing fans to like me," Smith said following Tuesday's 107-94 loss at TD Garden, according to ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin. "That's not why I'm here. They can chant and scream all they want, it actually makes me feel better about myself. They know me."

Smith may have enjoyed the crowd's reaction, but he couldn't have been pleased with his performance, as Cleveland fell in a 2-0 Eastern Conference Finals hole.

Coming off a four-point outing in Game 1, the 32-year-old went scoreless on 0-of-7 shooting. He's now failed to register points in three separate games this postseason.

Smith will try to find a spark Saturday back in front of the Cleveland faithful when Game 3 tips off at Quicken Loans Arena.

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