Tatum Hopeful For Game 1, Smart Misses Practice

Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has a torn left oblique and could miss the first two rounds of the Eastern Conference playoffs, according to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Boston issued a statement Wednesday night saying Smart would resume basketball activities in four to six weeks, a timeline that could sideline him through the team's first-round matchup against the Indiana Pacers and, if they advance, a likely second-round matchup against the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks.

Smart was injured in a home loss to the Orlando Magic on Sunday.

Fortunately for Boston, it is very deep with Kyrie Irving and Al Horford providing some much-needed stability, but against a scrappy team in IN, the Celtics' job could be a little bit harder. Tatum's MRI came back clean, and he hopes to be available for Boston's first playoff game.

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The 25-year-old Oklahoma State product started 60 of his 80 games this season.

Smart is a key part of Boston's gameplan.

Look for Jaylen Brown or Gordon Hayward to fill his spot in the starting lineup for the time-being with an increased role from reserve guard Terry Rozier off the bench. He's also been an above-average 3-point shooter for the first time in his career, making it much more hard for teams to leave him wide open. He tried to stay in the game but on the very next possession, collapsed in pain and had to be taken off the floor.

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