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J.R. Smith says series with Celtics would be over if he hadn’t been suspended for Game 4

May 1, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

New York Knicks' Smith is surrounded by team mates after making a last second shot to beat Charlotte Bobcats in their NBA basketball game in Charlotte Reuters

The Celtics managed to extend their first round playoff series with the Knicks for at least one more night after gutting out an overtime victory in Game 4 on Sunday.

J.R. Smith was suspended for that one due to the elbow he threw at Jason Terry in Game 3, and speaking to reporters after practice on Tuesday, he wasn’t exactly in the mood to give Boston too much credit for taking down the Knicks while he was forced by the league to sit on the sidelines.

From Ian Begley of ESPN New York:

J.R. Smith thinks the New York Knicks would have swept the Boston Celtics if he had been playing in Game 4 of the division rivals’ playoff series.

“Oh yeah, it would’ve been over,” Smith said after Tuesday’s practice. “I’d have been playing golf today.”

“It was very tough to watch,” Smith said. “Especially that first half. I mean, from the turnovers to missing shots. … It wasn’t the easiest thing ever.

“I wasn’t pleased with it. My teammates wasn’t either. I’ll get the chance to make up for it tomorrow.”

In the previous three games that the Knicks won in the series, Smith scored 15, 19, and 15 points respectively, in games his team won by 14, 16, and 17 points.

Smith isn’t wrong, here. But pointing out the obvious so brazenly to a prideful Celtics team may needlessly make him a target for Game 5.

  1. showtimeluver - May 1, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    What he said is the truth, the Celtics would be “gone fishing” had JR not gotten suspended. But now that he’s come out and said it, he has to show up big and help NY end it tonight.

  2. eugenesaxe - May 1, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    But you WERE suspended. You were stupid, and cost your team a playoff victory.

  3. paulhargis53 - May 1, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Yeah, and if Rondo and Sully were playing, you’d have been swept out already. Shut your stupid mouth J.R. You’re as annoying as your fanbase is.
    You aren’t laker level delusion yet, but you’re getting there….

    • infectorman - May 1, 2013 at 8:27 PM

      JR MOUTH SMITH… 0 for 5 in first half.
      Is that his idea of impacting the game to show how his absence enabled Boston to win game 4?
      Really? These NY punks sure talk alot for a team that’s never won ANYTHING

  4. supremekingz - May 1, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Too bad the Celtics are too bad to do anything about it

    • andyhr17 - May 2, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      I think they did something about it last night. Even if they don’t win the series, don’t act like they’re just going to roll over.

  5. jolink653 - May 1, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Well, we all know he’s right

    • kavika6 - May 2, 2013 at 3:04 AM

      You’re as big a fool as he is.

  6. dirtydavis - May 1, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    I can’t stand this jump brick shooting clown, but I agree

  7. doctorfootball - May 1, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    If you’re right, J.R., then shouldn’t you man up and take the brunt of the blame? After all, you got ejected for throwing an elbow late in the game when the Knicks were up big. There was no need to do it. Sounds like he still has some growing up to do.

    • moseskkim - May 1, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      He did take blame for it. What are u talking about? He said he regret it and shouldn’t have done it.

  8. shutmdownd - May 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    would of, should of… i’m sure the series WOULD have been different if rondo was playing also, so easy for him to talk trash when they are up 3 – 1…

  9. bux1022 - May 1, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    We are talking about Jason the Cessna Terry. One of the biggest mouths in Bball. Definitely no room for that on the court but I’m sure he deserved it! And if JR didn’t walk away like that and played it off, it would have looked like as if was unintentional. Droppin bows on him! Move b%#*^+ get out the way!

  10. supremekingz - May 1, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    The C’s are bums. I just want Melo to be mic’d up and yell at KG “What does that first round exit taste like?”

    • shutmdownd - May 1, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      right??? melo should know from 2011 when the knicks got swept by the celtics…

      • theghostofwillisreed - May 1, 2013 at 6:45 PM


        because we all know that 2011 sweep is going to help the celtics now just like the pride the celtics showed in taking the heat to a game seven last year is going to help them overcome this 3-1 deficit too!


      • shutmdownd - May 1, 2013 at 9:31 PM

        you mean 3 – 2, and good keep shaking you’re head…

  11. askbri - May 1, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Knicks fans like to puff up their chests… dopes. They will beat the weakened Celtics – but KG has a ring (unlike Melo or dipsh*t Smith)…

    Doesn’t matter b/c the Heat will demolish the Knicks. Can’t wait!

  12. Mr. Wright 212 - May 1, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    JR is right. Anyone with a functioning brain and minus their inferiority complex to New York (and, by proxy, hate the Knicks as a result) knows this.

    • infectorman - May 1, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      newsflash Mr Wrong,
      Its aint the team it’s their fans

  13. jacksonkane - May 1, 2013 at 8:03 PM


    Also if Rondo was playing I would take the C’s… again – #obvious

  14. 13arod - May 1, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    jr smith is an ellite player and one of my favorites he is better then derieck rosr

    • tigershark49 - May 1, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      Youre just plain stupid as evidenced by your name.

    • andyhr17 - May 1, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      I agree. JR Smith is far superior to derieck rosr.

  15. paulhargis53 - May 1, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    So, Smith plays and they still lose…. What’s the excuse now?!?!

    Back to Boston. Pressure is all on the Knicks. If the Celtics get game 6…..look out.

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