And the red carpet rolling out for the Boston Celtics to reach the Eastern Conference continues to get longer. I’m not saying the Celtics will definitely make the ECF — the Hawks aren’t done yet and the Bulls would still be tough — but their path just keeps getting easier. Even if Smith returns in this series, one would have to think his impact will be diminished by this injury. When someone who relies largely on his athleticism gets “jumper’s knee,” it can’t help.
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