Expect a familiar face to be back in the Boston Celtics lineup after being absent the previous 11 games, as Brad Stevens indicated Thursday that Marcus Smart appears “good to go” against the Detroit Pistons Friday.
Smart lacerated his hand in a self-induced injury about a month ago, and despite bruising his left quad during Wednesday’s practice, expect Smart to help pick up a Celtics team that has been devoid of playing defense recently.
Plus, for a franchise that has been as stable as the San Antonio Spurs have been, it’s interesting to see some possible unrest for Gregg Popovich and crew.
As reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Popovich said that he doesn’t expect star forward Kawhi Leonard to return this season. The report also states that Leonard had been cleared by the team, who had left the decision to return – or not to return – up to Leonard.