Thompson vows high highway after chippy Game 1

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BOSTON — Perhaps a many rival impulse Wednesday between a Cavaliers and Celtics came during a fight between Tristan Thompson and Marcus Smart late in a third quarter.

The brawl was a blast from a past on a night in that a Cavs never trailed and led by as many as 28 points in a 117-104, Game 1 win.

It brought to mind a Cavs and Celtics’ first-round playoff array in 2015 that devolved into a earthy event with Kelly Olynyk slashing Kevin Love‘s shoulder out of a socket, JR Smith sketch a two-game cessation for his extreme tainted on Jae Crowder that caused Crowder to tumble to a building and twist his left ACL and Kendrick Perkins scuffling with Crowder.

However, Thompson vows there has been no carryover outcome as a Eastern Conference finals continue.

“Whatever happened in a past is in a past,” Thompson told ESPN after finishing with a career-playoff-high 20 points on 7-for-7 shooting, 9 rebounds and dual steals. “We got guys that know that whenever we take extracurricular actions, there’s consequences for it and for us. We need everyone, each game. So I’m not going to put myself in a position to harm my group or my teammates.”

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  • Thompson and Smart were called for a double tainted with 3:10 remaining in a third when a Cavs large male threw a Boston guard’s arm off him as a dual got tangled adult while fighting for resilient position.

    Smart, who left a locus but vocalization to reporters, took difference to Thompson’s aggression. Thompson afterwards took difference to Smart elbowing him, and a dual went chest to chest, call a arbitrate to blow a whistle.

    Later, LeBron James had to apart Thompson from Isaiah Thomas during half court, with a Celtics star jawing during Thompson.

    A integrate mins later, Thompson and Smart collided once again, with Thompson being called for a tainted with 1:44 remaining in a third for using over Smart and causing him to tumble to a floor.

    “I only boxed out, and he’s crafty,” Thompson told ESPN. “I only got to pierce out of a approach and get behind on D.”

    Smart eventually fouled out, finishing with 6 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in 21 minutes.

    Thompson pronounced there was zero personal between him and Smart that was behind a flap.

    “No history,” Thompson told ESPN. “He wasn’t during Oklahoma State when we was during Texas. He’s younger. But he plays hard. He plays hard. He does a same thing we do. He’s a ensure that plays hard, and we got to honour it. He leaves it all on a line, and he kind of gives them that boost.”

    Smith told reporters he expects some-more physicality from a Celtics in Game 2.

    Golden State Warriors appearing on a horizon, are wakeful that responding to any “dirty plays” from a Celtics with extreme movement of their possess could impact their chances of repeating.

    Thompson pronounced a Cavs are above that.

    “I’m not going to do that,” Thompson told ESPN. “We’re on a mission. I’m not about to let a actor take me out of my component and force me to do something really AAU-ish by retaliating. Save that for a AAU games.”


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