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Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was a late scratch from Thursday’s matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers. Well, it turns out that before the game, Smith threw a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones, multiple sources with knowledge of the incident told ESPN.


Jones, a former Cavs player, must have asked Smith why he goes by “J.R.” and not “Junior.” Or maybe Jones wanted to know how long Smith was going to wear the goatee, as the team reportedly has baby photos of Smith with a goatee. Either way, Smith saw fit to toss his soup (and this is not a metaphor for vomiting—Smith literally threw his soup at the onetime G League coach, who joined the Cave in 2014.)

Sounds like a minor dustup, since Smith is expected to return to his starting spot Friday when the Cavs take on the Denver Nuggets in Cleveland.

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