Marcus Smart Thumb Injury Re-Evaluated; May Return During Playoffs

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistApril 9, 2018

Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart stands on the court during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Boston, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. The 76ers won 89-80. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart could reportedly return during the NBA playoffs.

According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, Smart underwent a "re-evaluation on [his] torn right UCL Monday in New York and is expected to receive clearance to return to game action at [the] six-week mark of surgery [April 27]. Smart has been cleared to start light non-contact shooting."

Smart has been out since suffering a right thumb injury in early March. He also missed 11 games prior to the All-Star break after punching a wall in a hotel room Jan. 24 and injuring his right hand.

For the season, the 24-year-old averaged 10.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds on 36.7 percent shooting. His biggest impact came defensively; Smart ranked fifth in defensive win shares, per NBA.com.

Considering the Celtics are already without Kyrie Irving for the rest of the season, having Smart back would be a significant boost to their backcourt as they attempt to make noise in the Eastern Conference playoffs.