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Knicks Key Man J.R. Smith Facing Potential Suspension

Woodson: 'He'll Learn From It.'
J.R. Smith (credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

J.R. Smith (credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Knicks moved to the brink of their first playoff series victory in 13 years, routing the Celtics 90-76 on Friday night in Game 3 of the first-round series. They could be without sixth man J.R. Smith in Game 4.

Everything went perfectly for the Knicks until Smith, while holding the ball on offense with a huge lead, decided to throw his elbow right into Jason Terry’s face. Terry charged after him but was stopped by head coach Doc Rivers, while Knicks coach Mike Woodson appeared to be lecturing Smith before the Sixth Man of the Year was sent off.

“He’ll learn from it. I don’t think he was trying to hurt the kid, I thought he was trying to clear space, but hey, they saw it differently,” Woodson said. “I’m going to stay in his ear and make sure he learns from it.”

The league will review Smith’s Flagrant 2 foul. If the league deems his foul worthy of a suspension, Smith will serve the suspension on Sunday and miss Game 4. Should he commit another flagrant foul, it would trigger an automatic suspension.

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