Already reeling from the loss of Kevin Love for the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, the Cavaliers were handed more bad news on Monday when the NBA announced it was suspending guard J.R. Smith for two games.
Additionally, Cavs center Kendrick Perkins was fined $15,000 for knocking Celtics forward Jae Crowder to the floor in the second quarter.
Celtics center Kelly Olynyk was suspended one game for the foul on Love, which dislocated his shoulder. Olynyk's suspension will be served in Boston's first game next year.
The penalty leveled to Smith is far more damaging to the Cavs than Olynyk's will be for Boston. Cleveland will likely face Chicago in the next round of the post season, a respectable challenge, considering they will not have Love for the series. Losing Smith, a key offensive component and their starting shooting guard, for the first two games will make beating the Bulls even more difficult.
Smith was ejected from Sunday's win after being accessed with a Flagrant-2 foul for hitting Crowder in the face with his hand as the two were playing under the basket.
Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin will address the media on Tuesday at noon.