NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — J.R. Smith will return to the New York Knicks on Wednesday night after missing the last contest because of suspension.
Boston Celtics at New York Knicks
Live Stream on TNT OverTime
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
TV: TNT, Comcast SportsNet New England (Boston), MSG (New York)
The reigning Six Man of the Year missed New York’s Game 4 playoff series defeat to the Boston Celtics through suspension after elbowing Jason Terry in Game 3.
Without him, the Knicks failed to get that extra scoring option that was needed and were beaten 97-90 by Terry and the Celtics on Sunday.
”We missed 18 points the other night and still put ourselves in position to win the ballgame,” New York coach Mike Woodson said of the importance of Smith’s contribution.
”J.R. is a big piece to the puzzle and I hope he’s learned his lesson, and we’ve got to move on with it and he’s got to be ready to go tomorrow (Wednesday) night.”
Now, with Smith back the Eastern Conference on form team, which lead the seven game series 3-1 wants to finish off their first series victory in 13-years.
”We want to end it,” All-Star Carmelo Anthony said. ”We came this far, did our job at home first two games, did our job on the road, got one on the road.
“We’ve got the opportunity to end it here on our home court.”
Boston captain and forward Paul Pierce had his best outing of the series thus far after leading the way with 29 points.
Pierce is confident the visitors have enough talent keep winning in the series, but admits that they are some concerns ahead of the clash at Madison Square Garden.
“There’s that one quarter where we have mental lapses,” Pierce said. “They pick up the energy.
“They pick up the defense, and they have us on our heels, so we have to be cautious of that.”
In the meantime, Amar’e Stoudemire continues to be out for New York, but could return for the second round should the Knicks progress.