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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