Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Celtics' Marcus Smart sidelined 4-6 weeks with oblique injury

Celtics' Marcus Smart sidelined 4-6 weeks with oblique injury

It was an inconsequential game for the Celtics, who had already wrapped up fourth place and home court advantage in the Eastern Conference, but Brad Stevens was looking to give his regulars some game time before the playoffs.

Smart will resume basketball activities in 4 weeks.

The Celtics were in a similar position a season ago when they went the first four games of the 2018 Playoffs without their defensive-minded guard.

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.

Tatum played in 79 games this season, averaging 15.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals over 31.1 minutes per game while shooting 45 percent from the floor, 37.3 percent from 3-point range and 85.5 percent from the free-throw line.

It's not known who will replace Smart in the starting lineup, although Jaylen Brown played extensively in the postseason a year ago.

Smart originally sustained the injury early on during Boston's loss to the Magic on Sunday.

Smart re-signed with the Celtics last offseason on a four-year, $52 million deal. Eventually, he got to his feet and, with the help of trainers, hobbled to the locker room.

The Boston Globe reported that Smart was in too much pain to undergo an MRI exam on Tuesday, with a Wednesday test confirming the injury. The physical guard is noted as one of the NBA's top defenders.

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