Josh Smith Injury: Updates on Hawks Star's Knee Injury

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IMay 1, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 29:  Kevin Garnett #9 of the Boston Celtics defends a drive by Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on April 29, 2012 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The Hawks won 83-74. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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A bad night got worse for the Atlanta Hawks, as Josh Smith injured his left knee while the team was in the process of losing to the Rajon Rondo-less Boston Celtics on Tuesday night, 87-80. 

The series is now tied at one and headed back to Boston. 

 

UPDATE: Saturday, May 5, 11:45 a.m. ET

While it is not exactly the glowing news the Hawks and their fans were looking for, Smith told Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that rest is doing his knee some good. 

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.