The Boston Celtics are unfortunately still without veteran guard Marcus Smart, who continues to nurse a lingering injury that has kept him off the court for an extended period of time. With Smart currently battling an oblique injury, the seasoned signal caller is obviously frustrated that he can’t join his Celtics teammates on the court for the franchise’s opening round series against the Indiana Pacers.

Although the Celtics still have more than enough firepower to outlast the Pacers, who are without superstar shooting guard Victor Oladipo, Smart’s absence definitely hinders Boston’s overall gameplan as he serves as a key cog on both ends of the floor for the heralded Eastern Conference franchise.

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“Being out here watching these guys and not being on the floor makes it even tougher,” Smart recently told reporters. “I’ve been stressing a bit not being on the court, plus with the injury, and it’s frustrating, but you have to take it day-by-day and one day at a time.”

Even in the absence of Smart, though, the Celtics were able to overcome the Pacers with ease in Game 1 of the opening round series. In fact, the Celtics held the Pacers to a mere 74 points with Indiana scoring just eight points in the third quarter and 29 points in the entire second half.

Smart, known for his defensive prowess and intensity on the court at all times, was surely able to put his frustration aside for at least one game as his teammates pulled through for him to open the series against the Pacers.