The Boston Celtics are hopeful that Marcus Smart will be able to play in Game 1 of their first-round playoff match-up against the Indiana Pacers.
Smart suffered a left oblique contusion in the third quarter of their game against the Orlando Magic. He tried to play through it, but he went down to the floor a few seconds later. He went straight to the locker room and didn’t return.
Marcus Smart (Left Oblique Contusion) listed as OUT for tomorrow's #Celtics game vs. #Wizards I'm hearing there's hope he'll be able to play in Game 1 vs. the #Pacers this weekend. He did rehab in the pool today. He has yet to undergo an MRI. #CUsRise #DCFamily #NBA
— Kyle Draper (@KyleDraperTV) April 8, 2019
After their game against the Magic, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens was optimistic that Smart did not suffer a serious injury. Although he said that the five-year veteran looked sore, he was trying to walk while he was in the locker room.
Although several Celtics players are currently nursing various injuries, only that of Smart may be a cause for concern. Yes the team is hopeful that he could play in their postseason opener against the Pacers, but judging by how he reacted after suffering the injury, the possibility of him missing a game or two in the first round seems likely.
Marcus Smart is one of Boston’s most capable and athletic defenders, and he will be vital in their quest to advance to the semi-final round. The results of his MRI should provide more details regarding his injury, and it should be released to the public within the next 24-48 hours.