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The Knicks’ J.R. Smith played dumb. He had just been asked about the performance of the Celtics’ Jason Terry in Game 4 — a performance that yielded the final 9 points of the game for Boston.
It was the same Jason Terry who goaded Smith into elbowing him in the face in Game 3, an offense for which Smith received a one-game suspension.
“Who?” Smith said. “I don’t even know who that is.”
And so, with the Knicks up, three games to one, in this first-round series against the Celtics, there has been another shot of adrenaline for Boston.
Asked what would have happened had he played Game 4, Smith said, “Oh, yeah. It would’ve been over. I would’ve been playing golf today.”