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.
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Smart Will Play vs. Pacers
Wednesday, Nov. 11
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.