May 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) look to pass the ball while being defended by Boston Celtics guard Kevin Garnett (5) during the second half of game two in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena. Celtics won 87 - 80. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE
News out of Atlanta is that after his MRI, Josh Smith has been diagnosed with "jumper's knee." There's no structural damage, but rest is J-Smoove's only course of action right now.
Although he's a key factor to what Atlanta's been doing, KG and Bass have done a pretty good job with him in Games 1 and 2. He's grabbing his share of boards but save for the occasional run out, he's not scoring in the paint. The best interior defense seems to be giving him a breakaway dunk and letting his ego get the best of him. Half of his shots in the series so far have come outside of 16 feet where he's shooting 30%. Last night, he was 1-for-7 and didn't shoot a single free throw. Now, with the balky knee, he may be even less inclined to crash the key.