The United States is shutting down Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart for the remainder of the 2019 FIBA World Cup following Wednesday's 89-79 quarterfinal defeat to France, according to Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic.
Team USA has two more games to determine the fifth through eighth-place teams.
Smart missed a portion of Team USA's training camp due to calf tightness and was absent for the United States' first-round win over Japan with a left quad strain. Charania also reported he underwent an X-ray for a left knuckle injury.
Smart averaged 6.4 points and 1.2 assists in five appearances.
Considering the U.S. is already out of the gold medal hunt, removing him from the lineup is the most sensible decision so he can heal up for Boston's season-opener against the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 23.
The Celtics already had an injury scare when Jayson Tatum suffered a sprained left ankle in the first round against Turkey. He hasn't suited up for the team's last four games, returning to practice Monday.
By playing through minor injuries, Smart demonstrated his commitment to Team USA and desire to win his first senior international medal.
Putting his health at further risk simply isn't worth it when the best the U.S. can hope for is fifth place.