Marcus Smart: Expected to return in 6-to-8 weeks

Marcus Smart: Expected to return in 6-to-8 weeks

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will reportedly undergo surgery Friday to fix a torn ligament in his right thumb.

In other Boston injury news, All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving is still battling a sore left knee, but coach Brad Stevens said it's possible he could play Monday against the Pelicans. When available, Smart has been one of Boston's most valuable defenders, but the Celtics will have now have to do without his services, at least for the foreseeable future. His timetable for a return will be clearer after the surgery.

Smart sprained the thumb while diving for a loose ball in the first half of Sunday's loss to Indiana.

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Offensively, Smart is averaging 10.2 points per game on just 36.7 percent shooting from the field.

Smart's injury is a big blow for the Celtics defensively, for sure.

This is Smart's second injury to his right hand this season. He'd previously lacerated his hand in a separate incident, after he struck a glass picture frame in his hotel room.

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But Smart returned February 23 and had played quite well since then.

Yet this Celtics team remains optimistic he's able to come back and rehab the injury in time to join the rotation, hoping to make a deep postseason run, likely locked into the No. 2 seed in the East.

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