This story is over 5 years old.


Cavaliers-Celtics is a Slobberknocker

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics are one wrong step away from brawling on the court.

The Cavaliers look in fine position to finish off the sweep of Boston, but the game itself is one wrong step away from a full-on brawl and possible forfeiture due to a lack of available/healthy players.

First, Kelly Olynyk dislocated Kevin Love's shoulder when the two got tangled up (and Olynyk hooked on to his arm) as they battled for rebound position. Love will not return. Next, Kendrick Perkins narrowly avoided an ejection when he set a screen into Jae Crowder's face and then continued shoved and swatting at his face. Then, just as the second half got under way, J.R. Smith smoked Crowder in the face, causing him to fall back and injure his knee or leg. Crowder was carried off to the locker room and will not return. J.R. was ejected with a Flagrant 2 foul.

With just about two minutes left in the third quarter, Cleveland leads 67-54.