The series is now tied at one and headed back to Boston.
UPDATE: Saturday, May 5, 11:45 a.m. ET
Josh Smith sitting out #Hawks practice today: "Every day I rest the better [the knee] feels."— Michael Cunningham (@ajchawks) May 5, 2012
The Hawks and Celtics have a quick turnaround, with the game on Friday night and then Game 4 on Sunday, so it will be interesting to see how well Smith's knee progresses in the next 24 hours.
Smith has been around long enough to know that he doesn't need practice to step on the floor and be a contributor. It just depends on how well he is able to move around close to tip-off.
UPDATE: Friday, May 4th, 4:00 p.m. ET
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports Josh Smith will not feature in a crucial game 3, via his Twitter feed.
Atlanta's Josh Smith will not play in Game 3 against Boston tonight, league source tells Y! "Knee is just too ... m.tmi.me/ptBZE— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 4, 2012
UPDATE: Wednesday, May 2, 2:00 p.m. ET by Donald Wood
While it’s little conciliation, the Hawks now have a timetable for star forward Josh Smith’s knee injury. Smith will likely miss just one game, which is great news for fans that expected the worst.
Hawks’ beat writer for Atlanta Journal-Constitution Michael Cunningham is reporting about Smith’s status for the remainder of this series:
#Hawks F Josh Smith has patellar tendonitis. Inflammation in area but no structural damage. Doubtful GM 3, probable GM 4 vs. BOS— Michael Cunningham (@ajchawks) May 2, 2012
If you stay very quiet, you can hear the sigh of relief from Hawks fans everywhere. While losing Smith for one game could turn the tide of the series, knowing that they will get him back gives Atlanta a chance. This series is very close and will remain so.
UPDATE: Wednesday, May 2 at 9:30 a.m. ET
We posted the tweet from Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski about Smith's sprained patella ligament. Now Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk writes that the Atlanta Hawks star is questionable for Game 3 in Boston on Friday.
Smith is the key to the Hawks getting points and rebounds in the paint, providing some balance on offense. If he cannot go Atlanta loses a major weapon.
The Hawks entered the series shorthanded, so they couldn't afford to lose another body, much less one of their two best players. It is going to be an interesting 48 hours for the Hawks and Smith as they get ready for Friday's pivotal game.
UPDATE: Wednesday, May 2, 7:30 a.m. ET by Donald Wood
While the Atlanta Hawks struggle to overcome an aging Boston Celtics team, they may be going to battle without one of their top stars. Forward Josh Smith has damaged his knee and his status for the rest of the series is unclear.
NBA columnist for Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting on twitter about Smith’s in jury and how it is affecting him:
Atlanta's Josh Smith has sprained patella ligament in knee, source tells Y! "He walked out of arena w/ no help, just gingerly," source says.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 2, 2012
This series is far closer than most fans ever imagined, but the departure of Smith from the starting lineup may be the death knell for the Hawks. We will update with more about the injury and how long the Atlanta star will be out, if at all.
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Update: Tuesday, May 1 at 11:33 p.m. ET
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Smith is headed for an MRI.
Smith will have an MRI exam on Wednesday in Atlanta.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 2, 2012
The Hawks are certainly going to take all precautions necessary with their star. And hopefully this is just a matter of that. Although, it is always a nervous time when an athlete's knee is headed towards the MRI machine.
Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears tweeted the nature of the injury:
Hawks forward Josh Smith likely out for rest of game with sprained left knee.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) May 2, 2012
Smith was not having his best game. He was just 8-21 from the field with 16 points. He did pull down 12 boards, though.
The injury occurred in the fourth quarter, when Smith floated down into the lane to pick up Kevin Garnett, who was in the process of posting up.
Garnett lowered his hips and swung his posterior into the oncoming Smith, and their two knees clanged together. You could tell that the contact created some pain for Smith, as he winced and picked his left leg up off of the court, but he tried to power through it.
It wasn't much longer before Smith was forced to come off the court and head back to the locker room.
The Hawks now must hope that it is nothing serious and he will be ready to roll in Game 3. They are not equipped to handle an absence of their star forward.
Keep it locked on this page, as we will post any updates on the injury as they become available.