The tossed and the furious

Ill-timed ejections have turned around series and changed the face of the playoffs

Originally Published: May 29, 2013
By Pablo S. Torre | ESPN The Magazine

THE NBA RECORD book sees ejections as binary experiences -- either a player was booted or he wasn't -- and so too shall it regard the ill-fated postseason of J.R. Smith. On April 26, late in the third game of New York's first-round series against Boston, a frustrated Smith caught the ball with both hands, shielded it from the meddlesome swipe of Jason Terry, then swung his right elbow, hard, suddenly catching the Celtics guard in the chin. The knockdown, ruled the first flagrant-2 ...

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