Celtics dealt blows with Smart, Theis injuries, dodge bullet with Irving

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Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reported that Smart had a torn tendon in his right thumb, while former colleague and current ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski indicated that the team was calling it a "sprain" and was now in the process of obtaining a second opinion and deciding whether Smart might be able to play through the pain.

According to a league source, the team literally has no idea of Smart's probability of return. He will, however, seek a second opinion on the diagnosis. "Don't know if it's a 50 percent chance or a 30 percent chance".


Smart suffered the injury when diving for a loose ball at the 9:24 mark of the third quarter in the Celtics' 99-97 loss to the Indiana Pacers Sunday. Not only is Kyrie Irving nursing a sore knee, but Jaylen Brown is in the concussion protocol, while Daniel Theis will have season ending knee surgery.

The degree of sprain, though, could be a problem. With Marcus Smart (thumb) also uncertain for Wednesday's contest, Terry Rozier should be in line for big minutes in the backcourt.


Though today's storm may have complicated the process, Smart is now attempting to determine just how badly torn those ligaments are.


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