Celtics guard Marcus Smart will miss 4-6 weeks with oblique injury

14 April, 2019, 06:39 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum celebrates a dunk against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis Friday

If the Celtics somehow overcome the Pacers without Smart, a physical defender and reliable play maker, the Celtics will miss him potentially in the second round where the top-ranked Milwaukee Bucks await.

The Boston Celtics may have to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals without the heart and soul that is Marcus Smart. The team said he is expected to resume basketball activities in four to six weeks.

On Wednesday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski would report that Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart could miss the first two rounds of the NBA Playoffs as he recovers from a torn oblique muscle on his left side.

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He averaged 8.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists this season. But after the Celtics struggled through the first 20 games of the season, Smart was inserted into the starting lineup, and Boston quickly rattled off an eight-game winning streak.

Smart suffered the injury in the third quarter of Sunday's game against Orlando.

Smart re-signed with the Celtics last offseason on a four-year, $52 million deal. He is shooting a career-best 42.2 percent from the field, including a career-high 36.4 percent from 3-point range, this season. Trying to crash down into the paint on defense, Smart collided with Magic big man Nikola Vucevic and immediately crumpled to the ground in pain.

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