Smart has missed the previous seven games due to a nasty eye infection. Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said last week team doctors called Smart’s eye infection one of the worst they’ve ever seen:
#NEBHInjuryReport for tomorrow vs Cleveland:
Vincent Poirier (right pinkie fracture) – OUT
Marcus Smart (left eye infection) – QUESTIONABLE
Robert Williams (left hip bone edema) – OUT
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 26, 2019
Smart recently recounted the awful experience he had dealing with this injury. It was painful, but he's doing much better now.
Smart has appeared in 20 games this season. He’s averaging 11.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists while shooting 38.7 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 87.9 percent from the free-throw line. Smart is making $12,053,471 this season. He signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the Celtics in the summer of 2018.
The Celtics are in second place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 21-7. They defeated the Toronto Raptors up in Canada on Christmas Day by a final score of 118-102.
For the Celtics to go on a deep playoff run this season, they will need Smart in the lineup. He’s the heart and soul of the team and does so many things that don’t show up in the box score.
With All-Star point guard Kemba Walker leading the way, the vibes in Boston seem to be positive this season. Now, we just have to wait and see if that translates to wins come playoff time.