Celtics' Smart out indefinitely with thumb injury

Doug Mendoza
March 15, 2018

But in a bit of good news, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the team believes the left knee soreness hampering star Kyrie Irving is not serious.

Shortly after this, Shams Charania of The Vertical reported the tendon was torn, and that Smart will be seeking a second opinion. "It's like a sprain right now".

"Sore, but it will be all right", Smart told reporters after the game. "Just don't know." The expectation is that Smart tore a ligament in his thumb, which the Celtics are calling a sprain, and he's now visiting with a specialist in NY to determine if surgery will be required.

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Tonight's game against the Washington Wizards would normally be hyped as a rivalry game on the eve of the playoffs, though to win it, the Celtics will have to do so without Irving, Smart, Theis, Jaylen Brown (concussion) and the player who has been scratched since opening night - Gordon Hayward (leg). Tentatively consider him questionable for Friday's game against the Magic; his status should be updated closer to tipoff.

Most of Baldwin's time on the court in 2017-18 has been spent with the Texas Legends of the G League, where he has appeared in 33 contests while averaging 18.2 points, 5.1 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.2 steals over 33.8 minutes per game.

The Celtics also lost backup center Daniel Theis to season-ending surgery to fix a torn meniscus. Despite making a season-high-tying six of his 12 3-point attempts on Sunday, Smart is shooting just 30.1 percent from long distance this season and 36.7 percent overall.

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