May 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) and forward Josh Smith (5) after the play during the second half of game two in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena. Celtics won 87 - 80. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE
Hawks forward Josh Smith was walking without a limp on Thursday but still hadn't tested his knee that he injured in Atlanta's Game 2 loss to the Celtics. Smith is expected to test it out at shootaround on Friday and depending on how it feels, make a decision in regards to whether or not he will be able to play in Game 3 Friday night.
"If it feels good, I'm going to go. I'm not one to harness injuries. I have a high threshold for pain. If I feel like I can go a little bit I'm going to step out on floor."
Larry Drew said that the decision on whether to play or not with be Smith's to make.
"It's strictly going to go on his call. I know Josh, he's a warrior. If he feels like he can play, he wants to be out there. If he can't go we don't want him out there limping around and injuring the knee."
The Hawks don't have a lot of options if Smith can't go. Marvin Williams would likely get the start at the power forward position with Tracy McGrady also seeing some time there. Vladimir Radmanovic is also another candidate to receive some playing time but did not play in either of the first two games.