Smith suspended for Game 4

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith has been suspended for Sunday's Game 4 of an Eastern Conference first-round series with the Boston Celtics after throwing an elbow that struck the chin of guard Jason Terry, NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson announced Saturday.

Smith earned a flagrant-2, which comes with immediate ejection, for the incident that occurred midway through the fourth quarter of Friday's Game 3 at TD Garden. The elbow sent Terry crashing backward to the floor, and he initially attempted to confront Smith before being intercepted by head coach Doc Rivers.

Terry declined comment on the play before Boston's off-day film session Saturday. The Knicks own a 3-0 lead and can close out the best-of-seven series Sunday.

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