Celtics guard leaves game vs. Magic with hip contusion

Magic Refused to Exert Their Energy on Scoreboard Remained Focused on Matchup With Celtics

Magic Refused to Exert Their Energy on Scoreboard Remained Focused on Matchup With Celtics

Trying to crash down in to the paint on defense, Smart collided with Magic big man Nikola Vucevic and immediately crumpled to the ground in pain.

Evan Fournier added 24 points for Orlando (41-40), which last made the postseason during the 2011-12 season. They took advantage of a turnover-prone Magic team to go up by as many as 13 points, but Boston got sloppy themselves and gave up an 11-2 run by Orlando to close the quarter.

Kyrie Irving had 23 points for Boston. The loss solidifies the Celtics fourth seed, and they are now going to face IN in the first round of the playoffs.

Boston responded with run of its own and tied the game at 106 on a 3-pointer by Irving with 2:50 remaining.

Smart did not return to the game, which certainly puts a bit of fear into the Celtics and their fans with the playoffs just days away now.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said before the game that the IN outcomes wouldn't affect how much he played his starters against Orlando. The bad news for Boston is they lost Jayson Tatum to a left shin contusion in the quarter, and he was ruled out for the game.

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Marcus Smart left with 6:15 remaining in the third, helped off by trainers and holding his left side after banging hips with Vucevic. Tatum has a left shin contusion.

Boston eventually called a timeout, and Smart limped to the bench - only to convince the training staff that he was all right and could stay in the game.

"He felt like it was spasming on that second trip down the court", Stevens said. Judging by Stevens' postgame comments, neither - along with several other Celtics mainstays - will be playing in Boston's season finale Tuesday in Washington.

Now that the Celtics' first-round opponent is set, Irving said their focus has shifted to the Pacers.

According to Celtics reporter Marc D'Amico, the team went and picked Rozier up from the hospital after the game to bring him back to Boston, so he ended up flying home in his uniform. Aside from limiting Al Horford's and Jaylen Brown's minutes, the Celtics used their regular rotations.

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