Celts' Smart has torn oblique, to miss 4-6 weeks

Celts' Smart has torn oblique, to miss 4-6 weeks

Boston plays the Indiana Pacers in the first round, with a likely matchup against the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the second round.

He has played a significant role for the Celtics this season, and a hard pathway to emerge out of the East only becomes more hard with the guard's loss.

Marcus Smart has a partial avulsion of his left oblique abdominal muscle off of his iliac crest and is expected to miss four to six weeks, the Celtics announced Wednesday.


Smart is now expected to return to basketball activities in four to six weeks, according to the team. Tatum's MRI came back clean, and he hopes to be available for Boston's first playoff game.

Smart suffered the injury in the third quarter of Sunday's game against Orlando. ESPN notes this could mean he is out for the first two rounds of the postseason.

Smart appeared in 80 games (60 starts) for Boston this season.


Expect Stevens to go with either Jaylen Brown or Gordon Hayward - former members of the Celtics' starting lineup - to replace Smart.

Smart, who signed a four-year, $52 million deal with Boston as a restricted free agent last summer, shot career-bests from both the field (42.2 percent) and from deep (36.4 percent) this season. "We've thought ever since he got here that he's one of the best defenders in the league".


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