The Celtics may have gotten a break in their quest to salvage at least a game of this Eastern Conference first-round series against the New York Knicks as the NBA announced at 9 p.m. (ET) that J.R. Smith (pictured on right) was suspended for Game 4 for his flagrant foul against Jason Terry with 7:06 left in the Knicks’ 90-76 win over the Celtics.
Smith was immediately ejected and the league ruled his elbow was heinous enough to warrant a suspension.
“I was trying to draw the foul,” Smith said after the game. “He reached in one time, I thought he was gonna reach in a second time and I was gonna try to get a quick shot off, but they made a call that the refs saw, and theres not really much I can do about it.”
When asked if the call was correct, Smith said: “I don’t really know, I’m not really the judge of that. I’m gonna let them do what they do. I really try to stay away from getting into it with the officials, so I gotta keep my head. That was a bad basketball play on my behalf, just cause I got kicked out of the game and my team needed me. Just gotta get ready to play Sunday.”
Smith is the Knicks’ second-leading scorer in the series, averaging 16.3 points and shooting 43.5 percent in the series. He has been a critical part of the Knicks first three victories.