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Josh Smith Injury: Hawks Forward Likely To Return To Lineup For Game 4

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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
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

Hawks forward Josh Smith sat out Saturday's practice but is still planning on returning to the lineup against the Celtics in Game 4.

When pressed further, Smith left little doubt that he was in fact returning to the lineup regardless of how his knee feels.

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.