BOSTON (Sporting Alert) — New York Knicks will be without the sharp shooting J.R. Smith, who has been suspended for today’s NBA first round playoff Game 4 against the Boston Celtics.
TV Channel: ABC
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, April 28, 2013
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Smith, the NBA’s Sixth Man this season, scored 15, 19 and 15 points in the first two games, but will miss Sunday’s contest at TD Garden for elbowing to Jason Terry during Game 3 on Friday night.
“That was a bad basketball play on my behalf, just because I got kicked out of the game and my team needed me,” said Smith.
This could mean veteran guard Jason Kidd and indeed the struggling Chris Copeland, could play more minutes.
New York are also without forward Amar’e Stoudemire, who is injured.
Boston, in the meantime, will look to pull a game back in the seven game series after losing the first three and will be eliminated from this year’s playoffs with a defeat.
Paul Pierce, who has been struggling from the field in the series will want to improve on his 22-for-49 shooting in the first three games of the series.
Boston Celtics Team: PG Bradley, Avery; SG Pierce, Paul; SF Green, Jeff; PF Bass, Brandon; C Garnett, Kevin
New York Knicks Team: PG Felton, Raymond; SG Prigioni, Pablo; SF Shumpert, Iman; PF Anthony, Carmelo; C Chandler, Tyson