BOSTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — The NBA suspended Knicks guard J.R. Smith on Saturday night for Game 4 of New York’s playoff series against Boston for elbowing the Celtics’ Jason Terry in the chin.
It’s a decision that has Knicks fans crying foul. Smith, the league’s Sixth Man of the Year, will be forced to sit out when the Knicks try to complete a four-game sweep Sunday.
The Knicks had a big lead Friday night when Smith, holding the ball, swung his elbow into Terry’s face with 7:06 remaining. Smith was given a flagrant foul 2, an automatic ejection.
Terry wouldn’t comment on the play Saturday, but said he was annoyed by what he thought was some Knicks’ showboating and is clearly agitated by what’s gone on in the series.
“I mean, when you get your butt kicked like they’ve been doing to us the last week or so and you’re seeing the same team every day, you’re going to get tired of it. Or you’re going to lay down. I’m tired of it,” Terry said.
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