Josh Smith Injury: Hawks' Forward Says He'll Return For Game 4 Vs. Celtics

The Atlanta Hawks have fallen behind, two games to one, in their opening-round NBA Playoff series against the Boston Celtics, but they may be receiving some reinforcements for Game 4 on Sunday as they try to even things up.

Hawks forward Josh Smith left Game 2 with a knee injury and missed the entirety of Game 3, but is planning to return to the lineup on Sunday. Peachtree Hoops collected comments from Smith, via Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Smith seems dead-set on playing.

"I'm probably going to play regardless how [knee] feels because I know the importance of this game."

Josh Smith on what could keep him from playing GM 4: "If I fall down the escalator and re-injure something."

Smith's return could be a much-needed shot in the arm for Atlanta in Game 4 and just might be the key to victory.

For more on the Celtics, head over to CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston. For more on the Hawks, check out Peachtree Hoops and SB Nation Atlanta. For complete coverage of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NBA hub.

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