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Friday, November 21, 2014

Celtics Injury Update: Marcus Smart could be back next week


By on 11/21/2014 12:00:00 PM

The Boston Celtics head into tonight's game against the Memphis Grizzlies coming off a 101-90 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. At 4-6, the Celtics sit in second place in the Atlantic Division. The Celtics continue to play without rookie guard Marcus Smart, who is out with an ankle injury. The good news is that Smart could be back in action sometime next week.

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As reported by Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com, Smart is expected back on the court in game action next week. He's just started to increase his activity as he rehabs his left ankle that he injured earlier in the month against the Indiana Pacers. The initial prognosis was that he'd miss about two to three weeks.

Coach Brad Stevens isn't ruling out the possibility that Smart could return by Sunday but feels next week is a more realistic timetable.
"I think there is the potential that he could be back as early as early next week. I, personally, think Sunday would be stretching it. I don’t know that. But then, I think he could be back [on the floor] once we have that four-day break."
Expect Smart to join Avery Bradley and Rajon Rondo is the back court at the same time upon his return. Marcus Thornton and Phil Pressey should continue to see increased playing time with Smart out

The rookie guard out of Oklahoma State, is averaging 6.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 20.4 minutes in five games this season. He averaged 18 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game last season at Oklahoma State. Smart posted an average of 16.6 points in 64 collegiate games.


 
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