Marcus Smart out for 4-6 weeks

Sherman Parsons
April 14, 2019

The Celtics, meanwhile, went for a more medical description of the ailment.

In Smart's absence, the Celtics will nearly certainly revert back to Jaylen Brown as the team's starting shooting guard - as he was for the opening few weeks of Boston's season.

The timeframe likely removes Smart from the first two rounds of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

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Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Celtics" guard Marcus Smart suffered a torn oblique and "could be sidelined for the first two rounds of the playoffs'. In 80 appearances this season, Smart averaged 8.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and four assists per.

Look for Jaylen Brown or Gordon Hayward to fill his spot in the starting lineup for the time-being with an increased role from reserve guard Terry Rozier off the bench. The 21-year-old's partnership with Kyrie Irving, who will be playing his first playoff match for the Celtics after missing last season with injury, will be key if they are to make a deep run in the playoffs. He left their game against the Orlando Magic on Sunday. Trying to crash down into the paint on defense, Smart collided with Magic big man Nikola Vucevic and immediately crumpled to the ground in pain.

Smart's injury will be a definite blow to Boston's defensive efficacy and their off-ball scoring as well. He felt good going through warmups and tried to play, but the injury started bothering him during the game and he was removed. The physical guard is noted as one of the NBA's top defenders.

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