- J.R. Smith has been suspended by the NBA for Game 4, due to a flagrant 2 foul he committed in the fourth quarter of Game 3. On the play, Smith threw an elbow at the head of Jason Terry, sending Boston’s guard tumbling to the hardwood. Smith was ejected and upon review of the play, the league elected to suspend Smith. The shooting guard has averaged 16.3 points per game in the series, serving as the second-leading scorer on the Knicks. Mike Woodson was asked about how Smith was feeling before the game. “He’s a little down, but he’ll rebound from it,” Woodson said.
- Without Smith in the fold, Woodson said before the game he expects to turn to a variety of players on his bench for the majority of Smith’s minutes. “We got James White, we got Quentin Richardson, [Chris Copeland] is sitting over there, so we’ll shuffle our lineup and go from there,” Woodson explained.
- Doc Rivers has elected to shuffle his starting lineup for Game 4. He will return to the team’s starting lineup for the first two games of the series, with Brandon Bass rejoining Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Avery Bradley and Jeff Green in the starting five, in place of Jason Terry. Rivers went back to the original starting lineup, since he’s liked the job Bass has done guarding Anthony.
- Carmelo Anthony continues to lead all scorers in the NBA playoffs through three games, averaging 32 points per contest in the Knicks’ first three wins against the Celtics.
– Brian Robb