In a blowout win against the Boston Celtics, it appeared the New York Knicks would walk away without any trouble or drama whatsoever. That would’ve been the case however until J.R. Smith decided to elbow Jason Terry right in the face during the last minutes of the fourth quarter.
With seven minutes remaining, Smith had the ball isolated on the wing as Terry defended him. Terry tried to aggressively steal the ball. Smith didn’t take it lightly and instead responded to Terry’s actions by swinging his elbow right into Terry’s face, which caused Terry to fall to the floor.
Terry was held back from fellow teammates and coach, Doc Rivers, after he rushed to pursue J.R. Smith in what would’ve been a malicious bout between the two. After the referees reviewed the video, Smith was automatically ejected. He left to the locker room prior to the outcome of the review.
There’s absolutely no question Smith’s elbow to the face was intentional, although he said otherwise to reporters.
Until then, we’ll have to wait and see if Smith receives additional punishment from the league. He may get suspended but nonetheless even without Smith, the Knicks are likely to sweep the first round series against Celtics in game four on Sunday.