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2012 NBA Playoffs: Josh Smith Reportedly Has Sprained Patella Ligament

Adding injury to insult, the Hawks lost Josh Smith from Tuesday's Game 2, and then lost the game, falling to Boston 87-80.

Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Smith sprained the patella ligament in his knee.

The Hawks can ill-afford to lose Smith, especially given that the Celtics have gained home-court advantage with Tuesday's win. Smith appeared to injure his knee when he and Kevin Garnett battled for post position, as you can see here:


Smith left the game with 16 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in 36 minutes. Watch here as he leaves the game:

For more on the Hawks-Celtics playoff series check out Peachtree Hoops andCelticsBlog. For more news and notes regarding the NBA Playoffs head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.