May 10, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (0) drives to the basket during the second quarter of game six in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Hawks Vs. Celtics, Game 6: Atlanta's Season Ends With 83-80 Loss In Boston

Atlanta's season came to an end with Thursday night's 83-80 loss to Boston in Game 6.

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Josh Smith Injury: Hawks Forward Doubtful For Game 3, Probable For Game 4

The Atlanta Hawks have (somewhat) dodged a bullet, as an MRI on star forward Josh Smith's injured knee has revealed inflammation in his knee but no structural damage.

As a result, Smith may be ready to return to action by Game 4 on Sunday:

With Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia still out, Smith's absence leaves their front-court dangerously thin for Friday's Game 3.The only front-court player that would normally be a part of the team's rotation is backup PF Ivan Johnson, who is probably too offensively limited to play next to C Jason Collins.

The Hawks may elect to go small with Marvin Williams at the 4, but they'll need Smith back as soon as possible to have any chance of defeating the Celtics in the first-round.

For more on Josh Smith and the Atlanta Hawks check out Peachtree Hoops.

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