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J.R. Smith ejected late in Game 3 for elbow to the face of Jason Terry (VIDEO)

Apr 27, 2013, 12:19 AM EDT

The Knicks had no trouble with the Celtics on Friday, but J.R. Smith found some individually in the fourth quarter of his team’s Game 3 win in Boston.

With just over seven minutes remaining, Smith was isolated with the ball on the wing, with Jason Terry defending. Terry aggressively swiped at the ball, and Smith responded by swinging an elbow that caught Terry in the face and caused him to hit the floor.

Terry had to be held back from going after Smith, and the referees viewed the play as being malicious enough to rule it a flagrant two foul, which comes with it an automatic ejection.

There didn’t appear to be any question that Smith’s elbow was intentional, although he said otherwise to reporters afterward.

We’ll have to wait and see if Smith receives any additional punishment from the league in the form of a suspension, but with or without him, the Knicks are likely to complete their sweep of the Celtics in Game 4 on Sunday.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Reaching in, then flops. If that elbow really landed he wouldn’t have popped up that quickly.

    Didn’t help, anyway.

    • andrewproughcfe - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:48 AM

      I agree – looked like a total flop. And no contact would have been made if Terry hadn’t had both hands around Smith’s waste and his nose in Smith’s jersey.

      • kinggw - Apr 27, 2013 at 3:17 AM

        So its Terry’s fault for playing defense?

        You clowns are beyond reproach. Any person who isnt biased toward the Knicks can easily discern Smith’s elbow was intentional. He measured him for it and delivered the bow. I cannot stand the C’s or Terry but to claim he flopped is just asinine.

      • dondada10 - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        King, two hands on a player is an automatic handcheck. It wasn’t called. I don’t think Terry “flopped” (the elbow looked like it connected solidly) but these things happen when the game isn’t officiated properly.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:02 AM

      Terry is a scrub whose only contribution is being a flopper.

  2. bishopbengals - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    I can understand the ejection and everything in today’s NBA but I wish the NBA would man up like they did in the past. That was nothing.

  3. saint1997 - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    I hope JR doesn’t lose extra game time. He was a bit fired up and did the wrong thing but he didn’t try and get in a fight, he walked away plus it looked like Terry embellished the contact a little. Also he’s just too much fun to watch!

    • erckle31 - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:53 AM

      I know, this dude is a BALLER. But I can kind of see how it was disrespectful to do this in Boston of all places during a time like this, but it would be absurd to suspend him though. Fine him and move on.

  4. dfletc2 - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Should’ve been a personal foul, nothing more. Ref got swayed by Terry’s reaction. NBA should change this to a flagrant 1 (still not the right call, but palletable enough) and a flopping fine for Terry. Better players would’ve bounced up and played through, but facing a 3-0 series defection after a disappointing individual season, he made a scene and the refs bit. NBA, set this straight so there’s no suspension and the Knicks can bounce the Celts in 4 and end this joke of a series.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:34 AM

      I agree.

    • gmsingh - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:26 AM

      I thought the NBA was against flopping. Seems like the practice is alive and well to me.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:55 AM

  5. dfletc2 - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Defecit* … Friggin autocorrect

    • badintent - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:06 AM


  6. dfletc2 - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    *defecit…. Friggin autocorrect

  7. halfbaht - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Mr. Wright 212 looks like you have some more people on your bandwagon!

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:36 AM

      What bandwagon? I just wonder about the people who mostly — not all — inhabit these boards who are so averse to people speaking facts.

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:56 AM

        You and facts go together like peanut butter and gun powder. Wait….I think it’s the refs fault the celtics lost 😉

  8. kavika6 - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    What a thug. He’s as dirty as he is ugly. Terry isn’t any better though.

  9. norcalkingsfan - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Quick. First word that comes to mind.

    Mine was “thug”.

    • djeter220 - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:06 AM

      Please. It was a poor decision on JR’s part, but it’s the same old school, hard nose way of sending a message to someone playing smothering D that’s been going on for years. Many times guys get away with those, but the flagrant 2 was warranted. But just because a tatted up black guy commits a hard foul doesn’t mean he’s a “thug”.

      • jrose606 - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        Thank you for calling that out. These responses are needed more often around here.

      • kavika6 - Apr 28, 2013 at 3:43 AM

        Who said anything about black? There are as many white thugs as black.

  10. yousuxxors - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    I’m a knick fan and that was on purpose. he did make it look like he was moving forward and terry overreacted. thought it was a dlagent one though. I’ve seen worse and they were not been kicked out. he also walked away. but whatever the Knicks are sweeping the Celtics.

  11. eboneseagles - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Little baby Terry was just fired up because his team was getting beat to a pulp, it was intentional but he sold it with a gorgeous flop.

    • nobandwagonridersallowed - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      @ eboneseagle…. I agree. This happens in basketball ALL the time. Terry’s attempted steal was harder than the elbow shot, Smith landed with. (maybe, Smith shouldve flopped on that. Lol) That’s actually a basketball move. Look at Carmelo, Kobe, Shaq, Paul Pierce, Garnett, Lebron, Boozer & the list goes on. They are telling you to back off or get a mouth full

  12. jbeagles23 - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Lets jut skip to the heat spurs final and save everyone time

  13. 13arod - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    that was a flaglent 1 not a flaglent 2

  14. halfbaht - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Mr Wright 212 facts? Fact is it was a foul. Typical Knicks fans. If it happened to one of your players you would be crying blue murder. You’ll have some more on the bandwagon after you beat the heat in the ECF.

    • nobandwagonridersallowed - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      After they beat who?? I believe the Pacers will beat the Knicks next round, so there goes that idea. My reasoning behind this is the tenacity in which they play defense and they are very athletic. They will make it harder than the Celtics for, Melo to go off. Someone else is going to have to step up big time if they wanna think about the ECF

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      Lololololololo @ thinking the Knicks could beat the Heat

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:57 AM

        They’ve done it convincingly several times this year and that’s not going to change.

  15. dysraw1 - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    still a boneheaded play regardless, totally unnecessary at this point in the season you don’t want to be scrutinized by the zebras besides the game was over already

    • pglive21 - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      Exactly. Even if he’s not a thug (still up for debate), he’s still an idiot.

  16. dannymac17 - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    thanks for the 144p video.

    It was like watching scrambled porn

  17. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    You can tell who’s White on these boards, always tossing around the word “thug” online SMH.

    • kavika6 - Apr 28, 2013 at 3:51 AM

      Wikipedia – Thug, a common criminal, who treats others violently and roughly, often for hire

      I’ve never seen or heard anything written, said or implied that has anything to do with race. Stop making something out of nothing.

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