Smith and Irving had to be separated and were assessed double technical fouls. It’s rare that we see a rookie going at one of the NBA’s premier players. Here, I present to you Dennis Smith Jr. , attempting to go up Kyrie Irving ’s chest before turning around and giving him an earful.
Kyrie better watch out before he gets murked by Dennis Smith Jr pic.twitter.com/73gd6QCWH4 — gifdsports (@gifdsports) December 7, 2017
Here’s another angle, and in this one, Irving looks to provoke Smith by elbowing him in the neck:
Dennis Smith exchanges words with Kyrie but Kyrie leaves him in the dust on the other end pic.twitter.com/xTko8F5Ebf — MeanMug Sports (@MeanMugSports) December 7, 2017
The two were assessed technical fouls and had to be separated. It’s unclear whether Smith was upset with Irving earlier in the game.
What’s clear, though, is that this Mavs rookie is one bear you don’t want to poke.