As early as this morning Celtics President of Basketball operations Danny Ainge maintained that Marcus Smart oblique injury was not that serious. That Smart was “day to day” and could even practice as early as Thursday.
Turns out Smart won’t be playing any basketball for up to 6 weeks with an oblique injury much more severe than first assumed.
The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Marcus Smart has suffered a torn oblique on left side and could be sidelined for the first two rounds of the playoffs, league source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 10, 2019
The Celtics – who had all along been referring to the injury as merely a bruise, confirmed the report Wednesday evening.
The team released a statement that read in part…
The Boston Celtics announced today that a Wednesday afternoon MRI revealed that Marcus Smart suffered a partial avulsion of his left oblique abdominal muscle off of his iliac crest. The injury occurred at 6:44 in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against Orlando, following contact with the Magic’s Nikola Vucevic.
Smart is currently expected to return to basketball activities in 4-6 weeks. Further updates will be provided as appropriate.
Smart initially got hurt in Sunday’s loss to the Orlando Magic. The 25-year-old guard had to be helped off the floor after suffering an injury to his side. He tried to resume playing before collapsing to the floor in pain. He had to be helped to the locker room.
Smart has been the team’s starting two guard for most of the season. Though not confirmed, Jaylen Brown would seem the most likely replacement in the starting lineup.
The injury definitely means that Terry Rozier will get a lot more minutes that previously anticipated in the postseason.
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