On the scale of Flagrant II fouls, J.R. Smith’s on Harrison Barnes Monday was not as bad as many.
But Joey Crawford and the referee corp saw the replay above and decided the foul was “unnecessary and excessive” — the threshold that has to be met for the Flagrant II and automatic ejection. As Mike Breen notes on the video, the referees are looking for a combination of wind up, contact and follow through to assess that stiffer penalty. They saw it. Personally, I saw a Flagrant I foul.
I’d say Smith might get a way with fine on this, but predicting the league office lately is next to impossible
This ejection pretty much fit in with the Knicks night as they lost 92-63 to the Warriors.