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Josh Smith is day-to-day with a strained tendon in his left knee.Atlanta's Josh Smith has a strained tendon in his left knee and his status is day-to-day, according to the Hawks.
ESPN.com's John Hollinger detailed Smith's ailment that forced him out of Tuesday's Game 2 loss to Boston in today's Daily Dime:
It appeared the knee had been bothering him for much of the fourth quarter, especially on a layup try at the 5:14 mark that he missed, but Smith may have aggravated whatever injury he had in a collision with Kevin Garnett just before he checked out. Television replays showed his knee giving a bit after Garnett bumped into him with 4:40 left, and 20 seconds later he was in the locker room and done for the night.
This one isn't in Rose-Shumpert territory -- Smith walked off the court and left the arena under his own power -- but even a lesser injury would likely eliminate Smith for the rest of this series, and that in turn would effectively end any threat Atlanta posed to the Celtics.
Certainly that was the case in this game, as an Atlanta side that floundered through much of the fourth went completely off the rails once Smith checked out.