#Hawks F Josh Smith has patellar tendonitis. Inflammation in area but no structural damage. Doubtful GM 3, probable GM 4 vs. BOS— Michael Cunningham (@ajchawks) May 2, 2012
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.