New York Knicks Shooting Guard J.R. Smith has been suspended for his team’s Game 4 matchup versus the Boston Celtics this afternoon. Smith was suspended for decking Celtics guard Jason Terry with an errant elbow in Friday night’s game. The NBA announced that Smith will be suspended for one game without pay for the Flagrant “2” infraction.
According to official NBA rules, a Flagrant “2″ (FFP2) is defined as “unnecessary and excessive contact committed by a player against an opponent.” In accordance with league rules, the Celtics were awarded two free throws and possession and Smith was ejected from the game at the 7:06 mark of the fourth quarter. The NBA league office can review flagrant fouls and decide whether further discipline is necessary, such as imposing a fine and/or suspension.
His ejection from the game had little impact on the outcome of the game. The Knicks drubbed the Celtics, 90-76. However, his suspension could imperil his team’s chances of sweeping the Celtics this afternoon, necessitating a possible game five against the Celtics back at Madison Square Garden this Wednesday.
The mercurial shooting guard reportedly expressed sympathy for his actions. “[Smith] felt bad about it.” Carmelo Anthony told the New York Times.
“We accepted it and we moved on.”
Smith, who was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year recently, was the second leading scorer for his team during the regular season, behind Anthony. Smith has been averaging 16.3 points per game this series; he’s one half of an effective “one-two” scoring punch with Anthony, who is 32 points per game during the playoffs. Smith’s absence will increase the scoring burden on Anthony, point Guard Raymond Felton and Center Tyson Chandler.
Tacuma R. Roeback is a New York Knicks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TacumaRoe, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+