BRIGHTON, MA — Marcus Smart participated in his first 5 on 5 full contact practice on Sunday and if all goes well, could return to play for the Celtics in Game 4 on Monday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.
MARCUS SMART ON PLAYING MONDAY:
“Now it’s just wait and see how I feel,” Smart said. “I’m close. (Game 4) is still up for grabs. I have to see how I feel in the morning when I wake up. Hopefully everything feels fine. We know injuries can be a little tricky. Hopefully this is not the case.?
“That’ll be totally up to the training staff and how he feels,” Smart said. “It has nothing to do with me, so I’ll get their cues and go from there.”
“I’ve been doing every possible thing in rehab to try to keep my conditioning up,” he said. “On the treadmill, in the pool, things like that, so hopefully my wind is where it needs to be if there isn’t any restrictions.”
Smart if officially listed as questionable for the game.
#NEBHInjuryReport Marcus Smart (left oblique tear) has been upgraded to QUESTIONABLE for game 4 tomorrow night.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 5, 2019
The Celtics guard hasn’t played since April 7, when he suffered a torn oblique against the Orlando Magic in a meaningless late season game. The initial timetable for a return was four to six weeks, and a return on Monday would be almost exactly four weeks since the injury.