J.R. 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 could be without sixth man J.R. Smith against the Celtics in Game 4 if the league decides to suspend him.
Basketball aside, this will be the Celtics’ first home game since the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon. Emotions will be flowing and the crowd will be as into a basketball game as can be imagined.
The Boston Celtics will play at the TD Garden for the first time Friday night since the events of the Boston Marathon.
The Celtics return to the TD Garden on Friday night for their first game since the Boston Marathon bombings.
The Celtics are hoping the home crowd can turn the tide in their series against the Knicks.
“He’s good. He’s good to go,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said of Garnett during a conference call with reporters. “He’ll practice tomorrow, and he’ll play on Friday.”
It’s been awhile since we’ve seen this sort of thing, so I’ll explain…
“If he’s able to make it back, he will be back in the rotation, ready to play,” Woodson said. “I’m expecting him to do what he was doing before he left. He played some pretty good, positive minutes for our ballclub before he got hurt.”
Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points, Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith added 19, and the New York Knicks opened a 2-0 lead over the Boston Celtics with an 87-71 victory on Tuesday night.
Barring any terrible injuries, if the Knicks win Game 2 they should win the series. They are the better team and I can’t see the Celtics beating the Knicks four out of five games and winning the series.
The response from the Knicks is basically: Go ahead. “They’re going to come back but we’ve got to worry about ourselves,” Carmelo Anthony said.
The Knicks took the first step to knocking the Celtics out of the playoffs by holding Boston to three baskets and eight points in the final period.
Knicks were without starting guard Pablo Prigioni in their playoff opener, going with rookie Chris Copeland against the Boston Celtics.
Listening to WFAN over the last six months, you can’t help but hear that callers and even radio hosts are oddly simpatico: If the Knicks beat the Boston Celtics, then the season is a success. And that is unacceptable.