The Boston Celtics and New York Knicks are embroiled in a first-round series that's doing its best to get interesting, but J.R. Smith doesn't seem to care much for his opponents, at least not enough to pretend like he knows them.
Smith was suspended for elbowing Jason Terry in the head back in Game 3, leaving him on the sidelines for Game 4, which is the only game the Celtics have won in the series so far.
After returning back to New York and getting ready for Game 5, a few guys asked Smith some questions about Terry. Smith responded with confusion (via Boston.com):
Smith was asked about the Game 4 performance of Terry (18 points, including 9 in overtime). His response?
“Who?” Smith said. “I don’t even know who that is.”
It didn’t stop there.
Asked another question about Terry, Smith kept up the charade.
“Who?” he said again. “Who is that?”
I suppose the old saying "know your enemy" doesn't register well with Smith.
Terry, being the Celtics' de facto foil for Smith, was on a collision course with the outspoken Knicks guard coming into the series, as they both work as their team's scoring spark plug off the bench.
When Smith was asked if the Knicks would have won Game 4 if he weren't suspended, Smith didn't hold anything back: "Oh, yeah. It would have been over. I would have been playing golf today."
In a series that was bound to be chippy anyway given the teams involved, this is sure to add a bit of fuel to the fire.