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Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Celtics' Marcus Smart hopeful to return by playoffs following surgery

Celtics' Marcus Smart hopeful to return by playoffs following surgery

Smart is the Celtics' best defender and will obviously be missed.

After suffering a torn ligament in his right thumb, the Celtics' fourth-year guard is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday, and will miss the remainder of the regular season.

It's unclear when in the playoffs Smart would be able to return.

Smart sprained the thumb while diving for a loose ball in the first half of Sunday's loss to Indiana.

The Celtics were looking for a second opinion on his injury before making a decision, given how critical a player Smart is for this roster, coming as a spark plug off the bench.

Between his defense, unabashed shot-taking, and generally infectious hustle, Smart is a plus for the Celtics. However, he is still just a restricted free agent this summer.

In 54 games this season, primarily off the bench, Smart is averaging 10.2 points, 4.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals. He later told reporters that it could have been a season-ending injury since a shard of glass came close to cutting two tendons along the pinky area.

But Smart returned February 23 and had played quite well since then.

Smart had said that missing time with the original hand injury had made him more appreciative of being on the court.

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