Boston Celtics Rookie Marcus Smart Injured in Loss to Knicks

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Boston Celtics rookie guard Marcus Smart suffered another injury in Friday night’s loss to the New York Knicks. This latest ailment comes just as the youngster was regaining his form following a left ankle injury that had shelved him for several weeks.

Smart suffered a strained left Achilles in the Celtics 101-95 loss to the Knicks at the Garden, according to the team. The injury happened after just a couple minutes of play. Smart was evaluated by the team’s training staff. He left the game and was unable to return.

Back on Nov. 7, Smart went down with a sprained left ankle and bone bruise during a win over the Indiana Pacers. Smart was sidelined until last Wednesday’s game in Philadelphia.

It’s not known how much time Smart is going to miss. He’s missed a total of 12 games already this season.

“I don’t know what a strained Achilles means from a long-term standpoint,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens following the game.

The Celtics were also forced to play the Knicks without fellow guard Avery Bradley. Bradley was held out of the game due to an illness. He’s expected back on Monday.

Smart is averaging 6.6 points per game, 1.6 assists and 2.1 rebounds so far this season. Earlier this week, in a game against the Washington Wizards, Smart scored a season-high and career-high, 23 points.

The Celtics have to hope this will be a fast-healing injury. Smart has played well when given an opportunity. The team could surely use him back at full health given their recent woes. They play the Sixers on Monday.