ATLANTA — Hawks power forward Josh Smith has a strained tendon in his left knee and is considered day-to-day, according to the team.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that Smith has patellar tendonitis in the left knee and is doubtful for Friday’s game, though the MRI that Smith had on Wednesday morning revealed no structural damage. Larry Drew admitted to being “really concerned” about Smith last night.
Smith came off the court with 4:20 to play in the fourth quarter after injuring his left knee a moment when the Hawks were down just two points.
“I’m very concerned about it,” Drew said. “I’m always concerned in these type of situations. I know Josh is a guy that if it’s just hurting he’s going to play. He has that kind of toughness. But if it’s a situation where he absolutely, positively can’t play, then he won’t be out there.
“But, yes, I’m always worried in these kind of situations. He’s just been so good for us. And certainly he’s a key component in order for us to have success.”
Smith’s injury looms even larger given the fact that the Hawks are already without their top two centers in Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia. If Smith can’t play on Friday or in other games of the series, that severely limits what the Hawks would have in their front court.
“Obviously, with both of your centers out and now you’re looking at your starting power forward possibly being injured, yeah, it’s been a situation where these type of things have been happening to us all year,” Drew said. “We’ve kind of been snakebitten. But I’m hoping for the best.”
Asked if the Hawks can still win the series without Smith, Drew said, “I think we can.
“I still think we have guys that are capable,” Drew said. “Certainly we would have to get some big games from certain guys, but I have all the confidence in the world if those guys aren’t there that we can still win.”
The Hawks expect to have an update on Smith’s MRI results this afternoon.