Knicks’ J.R. Smith suspended for Game 4

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith has been suspended for Game 4 of the team’s series against the Boston Celtics for throwing an elbow that struck the chin of Jason Terry in Game 3, the NBA announced last night.

Smith was ejected late in Game 3 after he threw an elbow that hit Terry in the face. It was ruled a flagrant-foul 2 on the court, meaning the NBA would review it with the ability to either fine Smith or suspend him for a game.

The NBA ultimately released a statement saying that Smith was at fault of “throwing an elbow and striking the chin” of Terry, which they deemed worthy of a one-game suspension.

Smith admitted to reporters – including Ian Begley of ESPN New York – that the elbow was “a bad basketball play” on his part because he got kicked out of the game when his team needed him. Terry declined to comment on the event.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson and center Tyson Chandler told Begley they didn’t believe the elbow was intentional. Whatever the case, New York will be without Smith when they take on the Celtics in Game 4.

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