Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 4/28/13
8 a.m. ET: The Celtics have put themselves in this situation. By failing to put together 48 minutes of solid basketball in any of the first three games of this series, the Celtics are left with a must-win Game 4 on Sunday against the Knicks. Lose, and the summer starts early. Win, and they play again in a Game 5 on Wednesday and improve their chances of winning this series from none to slim. J.R. Smith will not be a part of the action, as the Knicks guard was suspended a game by the NBA for intentionally elbowing Jason Terry in the face in the fourth quarter of Game 3. If the Knicks keep playing like they have been, Smith will have the best seat in the house to watch his team knock out the Celtics. Join us for updates and analysis from TD Garden during the game, which tips off at 1 p.m. ET.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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