As expected, Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith still plans to play in Game 4 at TD Garden Sunday night after testing his injured knee during shootaround. Smith sat out the Hawks' Game 3 overtime loss with strained patella ligament, an injury he suffered battling Kevin Garnett in the post during the fourth quarter of their Game 2 loss. But Smith was adamant he would return for Game 4, regardless of how the knee felt. Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweeted Sunday afternoon that there's no change to the plans of his return, via @AJCHawks:
Smith's return could be a huge boost for the Hawks, who are trying to even their series with the Celtics and reclaim home court advantage. Tip is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET in Boston.
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