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    Marcus Smart Appears “Good to Go” Friday Against Pistons

    [News] Marcus Smart Appears "Good to Go" Against Pistons | Kawhi Leonard's Return This Season in Serious Doubt | Powered by CLNS Media

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    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.

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    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.