Boston Celtics second-year guard Marcus Smart was set to participate in the first ever NBA Africa game on Aug. 1, but Smart will miss the game because of two dislocated fingers in his right hand, according to Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe.
Smart suffered the injury in the Celtics’ Summer League game in Las Vegas on Thursday night:
Smart’s fingers didn’t look good at all:
Marcus Smart's Right Hand…. Yikes…. pic.twitter.com/fm6WXA098i
— Shake4ndbake (@Shake4ndBake) July 17, 2015
While that looks awful and Smart is going to miss the game in Africa, the injury isn’t as bad as it looks. The injury required some stitches, but X-rays were negative.
Smart’s teammate Evan Turner will participate in the NBA Africa Game for Team World, and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens is an assistant for the team.
Smart struggled with his shooting throughout his Summer League stint, which was spent between Vegas and Utah. Although he averaged 16 points in five games, he shot just 35.3 percent overall and 29.6 percent from three. On a positive note, he averaged 4.2 assists and 2.4 steals in 24.8 minutes per game.