As reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Marcus Smart could sidelined for 4-6 weeks with a torn oblique. Smart was injured in Sunday’s 116-108 loss to the Magic.
Celtics fans were hopeful that the apparent injury was not this serious, especially since Smart left the court on his own power. Unfortunately, this means that he will be out for, at minimum, the first two rounds of the NBA Playoffs and would not be available to return until the Eastern Conference Championship.
As founding president of the Kentucky chapter of the #MarcusSmartFanClub, I can say that is these are truly dark times for the organization. He will be missed especially in the second round where the Celtics will likely play the Bucks.
No, Smart is not a game changer like Kyrie, and no, he is not the playmaker that Tatum is, but Marcus Smart is the unsung hero of Boston this season. This year alone, he averages 1.8 steals per game (7th in NBA), 42.2% shooting (career high), 36.4% from 3 (another career high and better than Kevin Durant and Ben Simmons combined) and has been in the starting lineup for 60 games.
While the Celtics should be fine getting passed the Pacers in the first round, Smart would be instrumental in taking down the Bucks. Nobody can seem to stop Giannis this season, but Smart was going make sure that no one else contributed to his dominance. Shutting down Eric Bledsoe and Malcolm Brogdan is key in the Celtics’ Playoff survival. After all, nothing should stand in the Celtics’ way of the the NBA Finals now that LeBron is in the West.
Marcus Smart was one of the last players the Celtics could afford to lose right before entering the playoffs as the 4 seed.
Gordon Hayward, who will likely be taking Smart’s spot in the starting lineup, had this to say about his absence: