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Update: Josh Smith doubtful for Game 3 with sprained ligament

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) May 2, 2012 Uncategorized 3 Comments

Josh smith game 2The Hawk announced today via Twitter that Josh Smith, who left with 4:20 left in the 4th quarter last night, has a sprained ligament in his left knee.

Atlanta's Josh Smith has a strained left tendon and his status is day-to-day.

If Smith is unavailable for Game 3, then we'll see a lot of more of Jason Collins and Ivan Johnson, which will allow the Celtics to clog the lane more to prevent Jeff Teague from turning corners like crazy again.  I'm not going to worry too much about Johnson and Collins jumpers. 

That'll thin out the bench, too, which is already relying on Collins, Johnson, and Marvin Williams to make up for the loss of Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia.

Even if he can play, the sprained ligament will take away some of his athleticism, which KG will definitely test by playing up on Smith and daring him to try to drive to the hoop.  Smith is already very willing to settle for jumpers, so any sort of knee issue may only serve to make him nothing but a spot up shooter.  And while he can be very good that, the threat of the drive is part of what sets it up.

I already expected the Celtics to come out and win Game 3 by a healthy margin.  A hobbled Josh Smith… or no Josh Smith at all… will only make the game that much easier. 

By the way, Smith missed this dunk.

Update:  Doubtful for Game 3

A person with knowledge of the prognosis for Josh Smith said the Hawks forward is doubtful to play in Game 3 against the Celtics Friday after he suffered a left knee injury in Game 2 Tuesday.

The person said Smith has patellar tendonitis with inflammation in the injured area but an MRI revealed no structural damage. If Smith misses Game 3 he likely would return for Game 4 Sunday in Boston, according to the person.

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  • Andrew

    hope hes out he has been good this series

  • KY Celts fan

    Celtics can’t let up. Gotta hit while their down. Can’t play down to their talent level.

  • http://jtshoopsblog.blogspot.com JT’s Hoops Blog

    And you thought the Celtics had it bad with such a thin roster. First Horford, then Pachulia and now Smith–the Hawks really will have to dig deep in its roster. All they have at Center is Jason Collins and their front court now consists of a gimpy TMac, an undersized Ivan Johnson and a useless Marvin Williams. The Celtics should be able to take this series.