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    Celtics News: Marcus Smart Could Miss First Two Rounds of NBA Playoffs

    According to the report, Smart could be out until at least the Eastern Conference Finals.


    Earlier today, Danny Ainge said that the Boston Celtics could be the healthiest they’ve been all year as they enter the NBA playoffs.

    That may not have factored in Marcus Smart’s torn oblique injury, which will reportedly sideline him for as long as the first two rounds of the postseason, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi.

    The Celtics will miss Smart, who is the heart and soul of the team. Although Brad Stevens will likely be able to replace some of Smart’s defense, there is no one else who dives on the floor for loose balls like Smart. His “winning plays” and intangibles are ideal for a team that has many gifted scorers.

    Smart was going to be counted on heavily in a key matchup against Indiana’s Bojan Bogdanovic and a potential matchup against Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton, should Boston win its first-round series.

    In more positive news, Jayson Tatum, who suffered a left shin contusion during the same game Smart sustained his injury, practiced today.

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    Cory Prescott

    Cory Prescott is the Editor at Large for Boston Celtics coverage on CLNS Media.Cory is a graduate of Susquehanna University, graduating with a degree in Communications - Journalism. While at Susquehanna, Cory spent three years as the sports editor for the school's weekly newspaper. He also worked for the Crusaders Athletics Communications Department.Following graduation, Cory spent time writing for the Maine Hockey Journal, Boston Sports Then & Now and his own blog, Brain Freeze.A native Mainer, Cory has been residing in Boston since 2012.Follow Cory on twitter @CLNS_Prescott.