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Brad Stevens downplays Marcus Smart’s scary ankle injury

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The Boston Celtics enjoyed a dominant win over the Phoenix Suns, as the entire team bounced back after their disappointing loss to the Sacramento Kings. However, the win came with a caveat for Celtics fans. Marcus Smart got injured during their 99-85 victory.

The defensive guard suffered a dangerous-looking injury during the game after landing on his foot the wrong way. He was caught by the cameras limping off the court afterward.

Smart didn’t return to the game, finishing with a solid stat line of 17 points, three rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block in 30 minutes of play. Since he wasn’t able to return to the game, it’s easy to think that he suffered a big injury.

However, head coach Brad Stevens put those fears to rest as he assured that Smart won’t be out for much.

This is important news for Celtics fans because he’s one of the team’s more important defenders. His hustle on defense allows Stevens more flexibility on the ball.

Moreover, he’s a respected figure in the Celtics locker room. He had this to say at the start of the Celtics’ road trip in the West:

“I wouldn’t say we’re not focused,” said Smart, per the Boston Herald. “I’d just say we’re playing against a lot of teams who are trying to give us our first (streak-ending) loss and who are coming out and playing. We’re coming in with a great record, so they don’t have anything to lose in a sense. It’s human nature that we just got off the plane, first game on the West Coast. It was a little sloppy. We’ve definitely got to clean it up. I wouldn’t say it’s because we’re not focused. I’ll just say teams are doing a really good job of coming out with the energy, and we’ve just got to do a good job each and every night we play on making sure that we can control it.”

Celtics fans hope that they won’t have to be without their key guard for long.