Marcus Smart’s immediate future with the Boston Celtics is uncertain.
After suffering a torn ligament in his right thumb, the Celtics’ fourth-year guard is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday, and will miss the remainder of the regular season. However, Boston is hopeful that Smart can return at some point during the playoffs, per a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Celtics guard Marcus Smart will undergo surgery on his thumb today, but there's hope he can return sometime in the playoffs, league source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 16, 2018
ESPN’s Chris Forsberg added that the hope is that Smart can return to the team in six weeks, although a definitive timeline won’t be available until post-surgery.
With just 14 regular season games remaining, Smart has helped Boston notch a 46-22 record, which is currently the second-best effort in the Eastern Conference and the fourth-best record in the entire NBA, trailing only Houston, Golden State and Toronto.
However, Smart missed 11 games earlier this season after lacerating his right hand after punching a picture frame in the team hotel in Los Angeles.
In his 54 appearances this season, Smart is averaging 10.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 per game. When available, Smart has been one of Boston’s most valuable defenders, but the Celtics will have now have to do without his services, at least for the foreseeable future.
The initial hope is that he’ll be back in time for the playoffs.
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