In a report from A. Sherrod Blakely of CSSNE.com, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart sprained his ankle Wednesday night against the New York Knicks and could be sidelined for a couple of weeks.
Smart’s injury came during the second quarter of Boston’s 121-96 loss to the Knicks.
Marcus Smart has been diagnosed with a left ankle sprain and will not return to tonight's game.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 20, 2016
If Smart is out for as long as expected, he’ll miss the season opener against the Brooklyn Nets on October 26.
Fortunately, the sprain isn’t as severe as some that Smart has suffered in the past, and the former Oklahoma State combo guard tapes his ankles before the start of every game to reduce the severity of any potential injuries.
Throughout the preseason, Smart hasn’t shot the ball well, and his percentage sits at 42, which is up from the 34.8 percent he shot as a sophomore. However, he’s continued playing tremendous defense, and Brad Stevens still has a ton of faith in his young guard.
Smart has never been an offense-first player because the Celtics don’t need him to be, Boston has stuck with him because of his versatility and bulldog mentality.
With the departure of Evan Turner, Smart will be the secondary ball handler and playmaker to Isaiah Thomas while being the defensive anchor of the second unit. He’ll get some run with the starters, too.
He’ll get some run with the starters, too.
If Stevens needs a lockdown defensive lineup, he’ll insert Smart next to Avery Bradley on the perimeter; they’ll lose some offense without Thomas on the floor, but their prowess on the other side of the court will keep the score tight until IT comes back in.
The only issue going forward is with his ankles since Smart has missed 15 and 21 games, respectively, over his first two years as a pro.
Boston is seen as one of the top three teams in the Eastern Conference, but without Smart as their sixth man, it’ll be tough for them to go deep in the playoffs.
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