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The injury was suffered by smart while he was driving to the basket early in the 4th quarter and stepped on the foot of the Pacers’ Lavoy Allen. Smart turned his ankle and immediately went to the court and grabbed his ankle before being attended to by team doctors before being stretchered out of the arena.
The initial X-Ray following the injury indicated that there were no breaks in the ankles, and an MRI Saturday determined the severity of the injury.
The Celtics will be forced to play pretty shorthanded on Saturday as they will be without the services of both Marcus Smart and Rajon Rondo, who stayed in Boston to have a screw removed from his surgically repaired left hand.
Rondo should be back in the lineup before Wednesday nights contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The loss of Marcus Smart is going to be somewhat difficult to address while he is out, as the 6th overall pick in this last year’s NBA draft has quickly emerged as the Celtics go to guard off of the bench, and his absence will increase the number of minutes available to other Celtics players.
Understandably, head coach of the Celtics Brad Stevens’ focus wasn’t immediately on restructuring the lineup on Friday night.
“We’re more worried about the kid than we are about what our lineups or rotations are going to be,” Stevens said. “We’ve got a whole 22 hours to figure that out.”
In four games so far this season, Marcus Smart has averaged 7.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 assists in 21.5 minutes of game time.
The Celtics should be able to cope with the loss of Smart for a couple weeks, but they are undoubtedly anxiously awaiting the day for their rookie to be able to return.
In the meantime, fans should expect to see increased playing time for both Rondo, upon his return, and guard Avery Bradley. In addition, Phil Pressey and Evan Turner should expect to see an increase in minutes as well.