Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will miss a couple of weeks with a lower leg injury, but it shouldn’t be a long-term problem, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told the media before the team’s game on Sunday.
Smart suffered the injury in Friday night’s blowout victory over the Brooklyn Nets when he banged knees with Thomas Robinson in the fourth quarter. He underwent an MRI, which showed no structural damage, but the youngster will still have to miss time. Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe says it could be a two-to-four week injury depending on how things progress.
Smart’s second season has gotten off to an interesting start. His numbers aren’t anything to write home about, as he’s averaging just 9.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting a woeful 33.3 percent overall and 23.8 percent from three. About half of his shots are coming from three despite that poor mark from long range.
That being said, Smart still impacts games with his hustle and defense. He’s also shown flashes of being a good offensive player, but the consistency is sorely lacking.
While this is a tough blow for Smart, the Celtics have plenty of depth in the backcourt to make up for his loss. Avery Bradley has been playing some great basketball of late, and he’ll be counted on to step up even more with Smart out.