This is one hurts. Just after coming back from a hand injury, Marcus Smart tore a ligament in his thumb and will reportedly miss 6-8 weeks. This timetable puts him out until the second round or maybe even the third round of the playoffs.
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Smart is very important to the success of this Celtics team. He is far and away the most important player on the bench. Marcus does everything and more you could ask for on defense. He makes winning plays. If you are down 2 without the ball, Smart comes up with the steal. When the game is tied and the ball is on the floor, Marcus Smart is the one who comes up with it.
He is the perfect version of the cliche “he does things that don’t show up on the stat sheet”. If Smart can’t come back for a matchup with Cleveland or Indiana, things look significantly worse.
Hopefully, Marcus Smart has not played his last game in a Boston uniform. Going into this offseason, the Boston Celtics have a big choice coming with Smart. He is a restricted free agent that many teams would love to sign to an offer sheet. I just hope the Celtics realize he is worth every penny.
After the Snoozefest in Orlando on Friday night, the Boston Celtics will visit New Orleans on Sunday. Following an OT victory in Boston earlier in the year, the Pelicans have a chance to sweep the season series for the first time since 2014. Please, Anthony Davis, I know you have one bad game in you.