Celtics lose Marcus Smart for 4 to 6 weeks

Rex Christensen
April 14, 2019

Smart is now expected to return to basketball activities in four to six weeks, according to the team.

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 Athletic's Celtics reporter Jay King reported that Tatum was hopeful of being available for Game 1 against the Pacers after completing practice on Wednesday.

Smart, 25, is averaging 8.9 points, four assists and 2.9 rebounds this season, but what he does goes far beyond the numbers. Although they enter with home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, head coach Brad Stevens will have to shuffle his lineup once again after finally finding continuity with the five-man lineup of Smart, Aron Baynes, Al Horford, Jayson Tatum and Kyrie Irving.

Labo VR pops up in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
Both Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be updated to support the Labo VR Goggles on April 25. With the expanded kit, users will be able to build various objects like wind pedal, camera, giant blaster and a camera, etc.

Smart re-signed with the Celtics last offseason on a four-year, $52 million deal. The muscle tear, suffered during Sunday night's loss to Orlando, is expected to sideline Smart for 4-6 weeks. And it happened on a odd play, as Smart collided with Magic center Nikola Vucevic while chasing Evan Fournier down the lane, then crashed to the ground, holding his side.

Boston will hope for a similar quick recovery from Smart, as his leadership and defensive presence is the lifeblood of the team.

He recently won the Red Auerbach award for the first time, the team's honor for which player best exemplifies being a Celtic.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER