Smith ejected for elbow to Terry's head

Smith ejected for elbow to Terry's head
April 27, 2013, 1:15 am
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BOSTON — It took nearly three games before the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks finally got a little chippy.

With more than seven minutes to play and the Knicks firmly in control, New York's J.R. Smith picked up a flagrant-2 foul after he elbowed Jason Terry in the head.

It is unclear if the league will suspend Smith for Game 4 in Boston.

Terry bolted out of the locker room shortly after the game, which meant the loquacious guard's thoughts on the incident were not immediately available.

Maybe Terry wasn't around to talk, but head coach Doc Rivers made no secret about his anger about the play.

Rivers, who was fined $25,000 this week for comments he made about the officiating in Boston's Game 2 loss, was careful in choosing his words when asked about the Terry/Smith incident.

Visibly upset, Rivers said, "I wish I was playing. I didn't like that. You're up. ... so I'm going to stop; I've already given up money."

Although Terry wasn't around to explain how he saw the play develop, Smith shed some light on what happened from his perspective.

"I was trying to draw the foul," he said. "He reached in one time, I thought he was gonna reach a second time and I was gonna try to get a quick shot off, but they made a call that the refs saw, and there's not really much I can do about it."

When asked if the ejection was warranted, Smith said, "I'm not really the judge of that. I'm gonna let them do what they do. I really try to stay away from getting into it with officials, so I gotta keep my head.

Smith added, "That was a bad basketball play on my behalf; just because I got kicked out of the game and they needed me. Just gotta get ready to play Sunday."