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Celtics’ Marcus Smart ‘scrimmaged a decent part’ of Team USA practice on Tuesday, says it ‘feels good to be out here’

Marcus Smart

It looks like Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart’s left calf injury is getting a lot better.

Team USA head coach Gregg Popovich said Smart “scrimmaged a decent part” of Team USA’s practice on Tuesday. Smart says it “feels good to be out here.”

“He is looking pretty good,” Popovich said. “He scrimmaged a decent part of the practice today. He didn’t complete the whole practice, but he’s coming along.”

“I felt amazing. Let the reins go a little bit, was able to go up and down, contact and things like that,” Smart said. “It felt good, and it feels good to be out here.”

Team USA is in Australia at the moment. Popovich and his staff have to cut one player, as the team is only taking 12 players to China for the FIBA World Cup.

Last season for the Celtics, Smart averaged 8.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 42.2 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the free-throw line.

He’s joined on Team USA by Celtics teammates Kemba WalkerJayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. All signs point toward the four Boston teammates making the FIBA World Cup roster.

Team USA is going to have to defend at a high-level in China if it wants to win the gold. Having Smart will help that cause.