The Celtics’ Marcus Smart will be out from action at least for the next two weeks after the guard sustained a left leg injury in their huge win against the Brooklyn Nets last Friday.
Smart suffered a “subluxation of the proximal tib-fib joint” injury according to Celtics coach Brad Stevens. This was the result after Smart accidentally banged knees with Brooklyn’s Thomas Robinson in the early goings of the fourth period.
It was initially diagnosed as a bone bruise, but it was later revealed that a dislocation has occurred.
He will not be required with a surgery but his rehabilitation process might take a while, as the team will need to re-evaluate him after the process. He will also undergo MRI for the injure knee.
“They said it’s for a couple weeks-plus,” said Stevens before their rematch with Brooklyn on Sunday.
“And there is not real end beyond a couple of weeks. It could be longer than that. Hopefully, it gets a lot better sooner because he’s obviously a big loss for us.”
The Celtics head tactician also believes Smart will listen to the doctors for them to work together.
“They have gone and taken a bunch of images of it and they wanted to make sure. They’ve actually asked for second opinions because it’s not a usual injury, though it’s not a long-term thing.”
Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas will be tasked to fill in the shoes of Smart.
“Our young guys will play some of those minutes. We have guys who are capable of stepping in and helping if some of our men are out with injuries.”
Smart’s averages prior to the injury are 9.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 steals in 27.2 minutes of action per game. His defensive prowess is the main reason why Boston was adjudged as the best defensive team going into last weekend.
Early this month, Smart already missed three games due to a big toe sprain. He played a total of 67 game last season but missed the playoffs in his rookie season due to an ankle injury.