Celtics' Marcus Smart Out Indefinitely for Team USA Because of Calf Injury

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2019

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 06: Marcus Smart signals to team during the 2019 USA Basketball Men's National Team Training Camp at Mendenhall Center on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus on August 05, 2019 in Las Vegas Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart is suffering from calf tightness and considered out indefinitely as the United States prepares for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, according to the New York Times' Marc Stein

Stein added Smart will be re-evaluated next week.

Team USA opened its training camp Monday in Las Vegas.

Smart's injury adds to a number of notable absences for the national team. According to NBA.com's John Schuhmann, 35 players were listed on the roster for Team USA's 2018 minicamp before a large number dropped out. Five holdovers from the original roster remain.

"I don't even worry about that," head coach Gregg Popovich told reporters regarding the turnover. "I only care about who is here. I've got a fine group of guys and we are going to try and get them to form the best possible team we can."

In terms of backcourt options, the United States still has Kyle Lowry, Donovan Mitchell and Kemba Walker.

The fact Smart will miss the rest of training camp could jeopardize his hopes of making the final 12-man squad for the World Cup. Of course, that would leave Popovich with only three natural guards.

The U.S. opens the tournament Sept. 1 against the Czech Republic. If Popovich and the Team USA training staff are confident Smart will be healthy by then, taking him to China would make sense even with his lack of practice time in the buildup to the event.

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