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Marcus Smart Injury: Updates on Celtics Star's Toe and Return

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart passes the ball to a referee during an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
Aaron Gash/Associated Press

After missing 15 games during his rookie season, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart is on the shelf once again. This time, a left toe injury has kept him out of Boston's last three games. He will return to the court on Wednesday.

Continue for updates. 


Smart Will Play vs. Pacers

Wednesday, Nov. 11

A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England reported Smart said he will "give it a go" against the Indiana Pacers.


How Smart's Return impacts Celtics

The Celtics took Smart with the sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft, though he struggled with consistency. His season got off to a rough start, as he missed 10 games in November and December with a sprained ankle, and an Achilles injury almost immediately followed.   

During the summer league, Smart dislocated two fingers, and the time may soon come when it's understandable to ask if he's going to be susceptible to injuries. At 21 years old, it may not be time to ask that yet, but it could be getting close if he can't shake the injury bug.

If the Celtics are going to improve on last year's 40-42 mark, Smart has to play an integral role. The former Oklahoma State star has always flashed great talent, which is why he was a top-10 pick. And having a point guard who can score and get everyone involved is crucial.

Boston does have quality backups at point guard who can step up if Smart has to sit out for an extended period of time. Isaiah Thomas has filled in for Smart, though the Celtics are undoubtedly glad to have Smart back on the court.

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