May 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) dunks the ball during the first half of game two in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE
Josh Smith on GM 4: "I'm probably going to play regardless how [knee] feels because I know the importance of this game." #Hawks— Michael Cunningham (@ajchawks) May 5, 2012
When pressed further, Smith left little doubt that he was in fact returning to the lineup regardless of how his knee feels.
Josh Smith on what could keep him from playing GM 4: "If I fall down the escalator and re-injure something." #Hawks— Michael Cunningham (@ajchawks) May 5, 2012
So barring any unexpected trips down escalators Smith is planning on playing in Game 4. Hopefully he was telling the truth when he also indicated that every day he rested his knee the better it felt. Its do or die time for the Hawks who can ill-afford to go down 3-1 in the series.