Celtics G out 4 to 6 weeks

Tanya Simon
April 11, 2019

Just days before the Celtics are set to host IN in Game 1 of a first-round series, the news struck a damaging blow to Boston's postseason chances.

The Boston Celtics announced Wednesday that an afternoon MRI revealed that Marcus Smart suffered a partial avulsion of his left oblique abdominal muscle off of his iliac crest. He started in 60 games this season, averaging 8.9 points, 4 assists and 2.9 rebounds.

Boston issued a statement Wednesday night saying Smart would resume basketball activities in four to six weeks, a timeline that could sideline him through the team's first-round matchup against the Indiana Pacers and, if they advance, a likely second-round matchup against the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks. Smart and the Celtics never looked back, and Smart was expected to be an integral part of the team's hopes for a deep playoff run over the next two months.

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There's no doubt that the loss of Smart will be a major blow to the Celtics entering the postseason.

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

The Celtics have other options to slide into the starting lineup. The injury occurred at 6:44 in the third quarter of Sunday's game against Orlando, following contact with the Magic's Nikola Vucevic. He tried to play through the injury, but went down again on the next possession, and had to be helped to the locker room. "We've thought ever since he got here that he's one of the best defenders in the league".

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