New York Knicks guard and NBA Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith will miss today’s Game 4 against the Boston Celtics. Smith was suspended by the league as a result of the flagrant two foul he received for elbowing Jason Terry during Friday night’s Game 3. The foul occurred late in the 90-76 blowout victory that left the Knicks on the precipice of a sweep.
Smith is averaging a shade over 16 ppg in the series and is generally considered the Knicks most potent offensive threat next to Carmelo Anthony. It will be interesting to see what the impact of Smith’s absence is on today’s game. The mercurial guard has hit some big, and difficult, shots during the series but has been inefficient (shooting 43% overall and 31% on 3pFG). Like Anthony, he is prone to becoming a ball-stopper which plays into the Celtics’ hands on defense.