The Celtics Are Reportedly Unsure Whether Marcus Smart Will Return This Season

Feb 26 2018 Dallas TX USA Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews keeps the ball in bounds against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

More bad Celtics' injury news, Marcus Smart reportedly has torn thumb ligament

Smart hit the floor often during the Celtics' Sunday night loss to IN, but one first half battle for the ball IN particular had a foreboding effect IN the form of a jammed thumb.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported it first, noting the injury was being called a sprain but was still under scrutiny. With Marcus Smart (thumb) also uncertain for Wednesday's contest, Terry Rozier should be in line for big minutes in the backcourt.

To be more accurate, the injury occurred when Smart went for a diving steal in what was ultimately a 99-97 Boston lost to Indiana Sunday.

Irving has been healthy for most of the season but the knee injury is cropping up at a bad time. 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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The 24-year-old is averaging 10.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists over 54 games, including 11 starts, this season, his fourth with the Celtics.

"Sore, but it will be all right", Smart told reporters after the game.

Those numbers ballooned to 7.8 points and 5.3 rebounds since the All-Star break.

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